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General Daily News

Transcribed by Michael Coomber, graciously provided to the Kent OPC for display.
Contributors of additional abstracts are noted by their initials placed in square brackets at the end of the source citation.

Source:   Post Boy (1695) (London, England), March 12, 1712 - March 14, 1713; Issue 2784.
Sarah BROWN, alias Mary CRADDICK, Servant to Mrs. Rebecca PARKER, at the Sign of the Globe in the Parish of Milton, next Gravesend, in the County of Kent, she is of very tall Stature, very much pitted with the Small-Pox, with a large Nose, and very dark Black Hair, a large Scar on her Left Arm, wearing a Callico Gown and Petticoat, Copper colour'd Flowers, lin'd with Red and White strip'd Callico, having rob'd her Mistress of a Diamond Ring, a Cypher Ring, an Enamil'd Ring, a Silver Box, a Silver Chain; and in Gold, to the Value of 30 Pounds and in Silver about 40 Shillings.

Whoever apprehends the said Woman, and gives Notice of her to Mrs. PARKER aforesaid, shall have Two Guineas Reward.

Source:   Post Boy (1695) (London, England), Thursday, January 15, 1713; Issue 2760.
Capt. Henry BAKER, Surveyor-General of the Riding Officers on the Coast of Kent and Sussex, is turn'd out of that Employ, and is succeeded by Tho. LAMBERT, of Sevenoaks, Esquire.

Source:   London Journal (1720) Saturday, February 15, 1724; Issue CCXXXVIII.
Upon the Digging of a Well lately at Leigh in Kent, a large Bed of Cockle Shells was discovered fifteen Yards in the deep Earth.

Source:   Weekly Journal or British Gazetteer (London, England), Saturday, February 27, 1725; Issue 9.
On the 18th Inst. there was a new Ship of 70 Tuns thrown off from a Wharf at Blackwall (by William JOY the Strong Man of Kent) broadside foremost; without any Accident, to the Surprize of Mr. Benjamin MANNOVRY the Engineer, and all Spectators.

Source:   Daily Courant (London, England), Thursday, March 11, 1725; Issue 7301.
Whereas Thomas WRAILTON, a thin young man, about 19 years old, 5 foot 6 inches high, fresh Countenance, with a Cinnamon Colour Drugger Coat, a stript Flannel Waistcoat, sad Colour Drugger Breeches, a light Pig-Tail Perriwig, brown Hair, with a remarkable Lock of White Hair growing in his Pole, and his Right Arm crooked, went away from his Master Isaac DADD of Canterbury in Kent, having served but four Years to his Trade of a Taylor:   Whoever shall secure the said Thomas WRAILTON, so as he may be delivered to his Master Isaac DADD, Taylor and Draper, of Canterbury aforesaid, shall have one Guinea Reward. If he will return, he shall be kindly received.

Source:   Mist's Weekly Journal (London, England), Saturday, September 4, 1725; Issue 19.
Whereas James CRUMP, of the Parish of Dartford, in Kent, being missing by his Friends since August the 24th 1725, and has not been since heard of; he is a lusty fresh colour'd Man, having on a brown fustian Frock; but we have strong Suspicion to believe that he is strolling in some Part of St. Olave's in the Borough, Southwark, by Reason of his great Coat being found in the Watch-House of the said Parish he being a Lunatick:  If any Person will secure him, and bring him to his Friends at Dartford aforesaid, shall have a very handsome Reward.

Source:   Mist's Weekly Journal (London, England), Saturday, September 4, 1725; Issue 19.
Robert BOND, Servant to Samuel BROWN, Ship Carpenter, living at Woolwich, went away from his Master about a Month ago, a pretty full fac'd Lad, but pale, he has his own short Hair, he has R.B. on one of his Hands, he wears a fustian Frock: Any one that takes him up shall have a Guinea Reward.

Source:   Weekly Journal or British Gazetteer (London, England), January 15, 1726; Issue 38.
One Richard COLE a Gravesend Waterman, coming from thence on Thursday, took a Passenger's Gun, which he had in the Boat, to fire at a Duck in Limehouse-Reach; he had no sooner pull'd the Trigger but the Gun broke to Pieces and tore his Hand in such a miserable Manner that he must be obliged to lose his Hand if not his Life.

Source:   Gloucester Journal (Gloucester, England), Tuesday, November 4, 1729; Issue 396.

Mr. Joseph IDEL, is made Inspector and Surveyor of the Customs at the Port of Dover; and also Checque over all the Custom-house Officers at the said Port.

Source:   Weekly Journal or British Gazetteer (London, England), Saturday, December 13, 1729; Issue 237.
Dover, Dec. 6.

We learn from Canterbury, that on Tuesday last Week, Edward BRICE, at the THREE KINGS in that City, having some Words with his Brother, took a red hot Poker out of the Fire and run him into the Throat, of which he died on Thursday; the said BRICE was thereon committed to Gaol, in order to his being brought to Justice.

Source:   Fog's Weekly Journal (London, England), Saturday, June 6, 1730; Issue 89.
Stolen or stray'd out of the Grounds of Mrs. RIVERS, of Groombridge in Kent, the 10th of May last, a brown Gelding, 15 Hands high, a star in his Forehead, a Swish Tail; Whoever brings him, or gives Notice, so that he may be had again, to Mrs. RIVERS aforesaid, or to John WILLIAMS, Baker, in Chancery Lane, London, shall have a Guinea Reward, with reasonable Charges, and no Questions ask'd.

Source:   Daily Journal (London, England), Wednesday, July 22, 1730; Issue 2977.

A Race was run on Monday Morning, between John APPLEBY, a Drawer at the King's Head Tavern in Canterbury, and Tho. PHILLIPS, 12 Miles on Utbridge Moor, for 60 Guineas, which was won by the former, who run it in 57 Minutes, the other in 57 Minutes and one Quarter.

The same Day the said APPLEBY run with another noted Footman 4 Miles on the said Moor, for 10 Guineas, which he also won by about a Yard, having run the 4 Miles in less than 18 Minutes. He now lies dangerously ill.

Source:   Daily Journal (London, England), January 6, 1732; Issue 3434.
We hear from Leigh in Kent, that the Green-House of Mr. Benjamin JOSEPH was broke open last Tuesday Night, and a great many Orange trees and Myrtle-trees were cut to Pieces and taken away, also a Leaden Pump from the Bottom of the Garden; and that he has offered a Reward of Ten Guineas to any Person that will discover who did it.

Source:   Read's Weekly Journal or British Gazetteer (London, England), Saturday, November 4, 1732; Issue 398.
On Thursday the 26th past between Nine and Ten o'Clock at Night, a Fire broke out by an Accident unknown in the Windmill of the Widow PANNELL, commonly call'd HUMBER'S MILL, in the Parish of St. John Baptist in the Isle of Thanet, which in less than an Hour's Time burnt down the said Mill, to the great Impoverishment of the two poor Families who had their Dependence on it.

Source:   Fog's Weekly Journal (London, England), Saturday, June 16, 1733; Issue 241.
Whereas Mary KEEBLE, Wife of Ambrose KEEBLE, Butcher, of Seal in Kent, hath for some time past parted from her said Husband, and Trades for herself in or about London; This is to forewarn all Persons not to give her any Credit on her said Husband's Account, for that he will not pay any Debt so contracted by her. Witness my Hand, Ambrose KEEBLE .

Source:   General Evening Post (London, England), Thursday, August 7, 1735; Issue 290.
At the Florist's Feast held at Hythe in Kent the 31st past, William PILCHER, Gardener to Julius DEEDS, of Hythe, Esq.; produc'd a Flower call'd the Concergis, which carried the first Prize, being a Silver Punch Ladle; and Mr. John COLLMAN of Deal won the second Prize, being a China Bowl, by a Flower call'd the Windsor Cutting.

Source:   London Daily Post and General Advertiser (London, England), Friday, January 30, 1736; Issue 389.
Canterbury, Jan. 28.

Last Sunday one Mark FRIEND, of Sandwich (by Trade a Baker) was committed to his Majesty's Gaol St. Dunstans, near the City of Canterbury, in the County of Kent, charged (on his own Confession, and on the Oath of two other Persons) with the felonious stealing from a Hedge, a Quantity of Linen and other Apparel, the Property of John DRAYTON, of Eastry, in Kent.

N. B. The said Mark FRIEND, being a Soldier in Colonel PAGETT's Regiment of Foot, was by a Court Martial, found guilty of several Felonies, Trespasses, and Misdemeanors, and was on Wednesday the 14th, in Publick, punished, and received 200 Stripes, and, with a Halter about his Neck, drumm'd out of the said City, and then discharg'd.

Source:   From Read's Weekly Journal Or British Gazetteer (London, England), Saturday, February 21, 1736; Issue 598.
A few Days ago a young Woman, Servant to Mr. LONDON, a Yeoman, at East-Church in the Island of Sheppey, was committed to Jail by Capt. GORE, one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the County of Kent, for poisoning her Master and Mistress, by putting some Ratsbane into a Tea-Kettle of Water, of which making Tea, Mrs. LONDON, notwithstanding the Assistance of Dr. THURSTON, of Milton, died in a few Hours, and her Husband lies dangerously ill. 'Tis said that a young Fellow, Son of Mr. LONDON, had courted her some Time, but that his Parents would never consent to his marrying her, so that she was tempted to this shocking Act, in Hopes, by putting them out of the Way, to remove the Obstacle to her Desires.

Source:   London Evening Post (London, England), Saturday, February 25, 1738; Issue 1605.
Canterbury, Feb. 25.

Yesterday one Daniel ANSELL was brought to the Sheriff's Gaol for the County of Kent near the city of Canterbury, under a Guard of Dragoons, being taken at Dover with a Quantity of Tea in his Custody.

Source:   London Evening Post, Tuesday, May 30, 1738; Issue 1645.
On Monday, Mr. TOMKINS, Riding Officer at Dartford, seiz'd a large Quantity of Tea, amounting to 865 lb. Weight, at Cobham, Kent.

Source:   London Evening Post (London, England), Thursday, May 17, 1739, Issue 1796.
Canterbury, May 16.

We hear from Dover, that some Days ago Mr. KENNET, a Miller of that Place, catched a Trout weighing three Pounds and three Quarters; but what is remarkable, it being affirmed for Truth, that he found three Water Rats in its Belly, and a fourth almost digested.

Source:   London Evening Post (London, England), November 3, 1739 - November 6, 1739; Issue 1869.
Canterbury, Nov. 3.

A few Days ago a terrible Fire happen'd by Sandgate-Castle near Folkestone, which destroy'd two Dwelling-Houses, Goods, etc. to the utter Ruin of John HEELY, and his Son.

Source:   Common Sense or The Englishman's Journal (London, England), Saturday, June 28, 1740; Issue 177.
His Majesty has been pleas'd to grant a free Pardon to George WATSON, who was convicted at the last Assizes held for the County of Kent, for shooting at, and wounding Mr. MOOR, an eminent Attorney at Law.

Source:   Daily Gazetteer (London, England), Tuesday, October 6, 1741; Issue 1966.
Canterbury, Oct. 3.

On Tuesday last, being the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel, Mr. Alderman DAVIS was sworn into the Office of Mayor of this City, and at Noon gave a very handsome Entertainment at the Red Lion to the Corporation and neighbouring Gentlemen; at which his Majesty, the Royal Family, and many local Healths were drank. In the Afternoon Mr. Alderman BROWNING, the late Mayor, received the Thanks of the Corporation for the just Execution of his Office the preceding Year. And the same Day Mr. Mark THOMAS, Attorney at Law, was elected Sheriff of this City, with whom, and the late Sheriff Mr. Joseph GREENLAND, the Corporation and Gentlemen again repeating the above and many other loyal Healths, agreeably concluding their Evening.

Source:   Daily Gazetteer (London Edition) dated Tuesday, October 6th, 1741; Issue 1966.
Canterbury Oct. 3rd.

On Tuesday last was committed to Maidstone Gaol, Elizabeth PETTMAN, otherwise Little Bess, and Sarah BLACKWELL, otherwise Little Sarah, charged with being concerned with Sarah SHELLEY, committed to the said Gaol on Saturday last, with feloniously stopping and robbing Ann FITCH upon the Highway, and taking from her a Hat, a Pair of Stays, a Handkerchief, and three shillings in money.

Source:   London Evening Post, May 20, 1742 - May 22, 1742; Issue 2267.
April 17, 1742.

Deserted from the Hon. General TYRREL's Regiment of Foot, James TARMAN, lately listed, aged 26 Years, born at Lodsworth in Sussex, Labourer, five Feet seven Inches and three Quarters high without Shoes, small Visage, black Hair, and of a swarthy Complexion, had on when he deserted a blue Coat, green Waistcoat, and light grey Breeches, and suppos'd to be conceal'd at Shirley Common near Croydon in Surrey, or at his Brother's, a Farmer, at Seal near Sevenoaks in Kent. Therefore whoever shall apprehend the said Deserter, and confine him in any Gaol in Great Britain, and send Word to Capt. Anthony DODD at the Savoy, shall receive a Guinea Reward, over and above what is allow'd by Act of Parliament for apprehending Deserters.

Source:   Daily Post (London, England), Tuesday, July 12, 1743; Issue 7442.
Yesterday a Cricket-Match was play'd in the Artillery-Ground for 500 Guineas, between NEWLAND, of Slendon, in Sussex, SAWYER, of Richmond, and BRYANT, of London; against HODSWELL, of Dartford, ROMLEY, of Sevenoaks, and CUTBUSH, of Maidstone; which was won by the three last by two Notches. 'Twas computed there were 10,000 People in the Ground; and the Bets ran five to one in favour of the Winners.

Source:   General Advertiser (1744) (London, England), Tuesday, November 11, 1746; Issue 3758.
On Tuesday last was committed to Maidstone Gaol, Sarah QUIDDENDEN, on the Oath of Edward HIGGINS, of a violent Suspicion of breaking open the House of the said Edward HIGGINS, and stealing thence one Cotton Gown, one black Petticoat, and several other Things.

And, On Wednesday was committed to the same Goal, William JENNER, charged with breaking open a Shop in Cranbrook, and stealing two Pairs of Men's Shoes.

Source:   Whitehall Evening Post or London Intelligencer (London, England), February 23, 1748 - February 25, 1748; Issue 318.
ROBBED. On Monday Mr. BAMBRIDGE, a Master Coachman of Croydon, having been to receive a Sum of Money at Deptford, on his Return home at Beckingham he met with a Soldier, who was quartered at the Coach and Horses at Croydon; they went together from thence, and in a few Hours after, Mr. BAMBRIDGE was found robbed and murdered, and the Person suspected has since absconded.

Source:   London Daily Advertiser, Monday, May 25, 1752; Issue 385.
On Wednesday Evening Mr. ARTHUR, of Boughton, was attacked, on his way from Canterbury, by a Man in Sailor's Habit, who, after robbing him, obliged him to dismount, and rode off with his Horse.

Saturday Morning Mr. ANSELL, Mate of a Vessel outward-bound, lying off the HERMITAGE, going on board the same, fell into the River, and was drowned. His Body was taken up soon after.

Source:   London Evening Post (London, England), January 23, 1753 - January 25, 1753; Issue 3938.
Tuesday was committed to the New Gaol, Southwark, by John COPELAND, Esq., Sarah CONNELLY, on Suspicion of concealing and harbouring Patrick CAVENAGH, after the Murder and Robbery of William SAXBY, late of Hadlow, Kent, well knowing that he committed the same, and partook of the Profit of the said Robbery, and for facilitating his Escape.

Source:   London Evening Post, Thursday, April 26, 1753; Issue 3979.
On Wednesday last Gabriel HANGER, Esq., was elected Member in the present Parliament for Maidstone, in the County of Kent, in the room of William Horsmonden TURNER, deceased.

The same Day George WELLER, of the Inner-Temple, Esq., was unanimously elected Recorder for the Town of Maidstone, in the County of Kent, in the room of William Horsmonden TURNER, Esq., deceased.

Source:   London Evening Post, Thursday, December 6, 1753; Issue 4068.
Wednesday the fifth Instant came on the Election of a Coroner for the County of Kent, in the room of Mr. DIXON, late of Bromley, deceased: The Candidates were Mr. Thomas SMITH, Attorney at Dartford, and Mr. ROFFE, of Maidstone: On closing the Poll, the Numbers were, for Mr. SMITH 1105, for Mr. ROFFE, 214, Majority 881, whereupon Mr. SMITH was declared elected, and sworn into the said Office.

Source:   London Evening Post (London, England), Saturday, January 18, 1755; Issue 4243.
The following Accident is related in the Canterbury Paper as Matter of Fact: On Tuesday last as Farmer CRAFTS, of Dumpton in the Isle of Thanet, was ploughing with three horses, near the Clift at Broadstairs, in Company with his Son and a Boy, the fore Horse took Fright, and fell from the Clift into the Sea; the other Horses were saved by their pulling back, and the Breaking of the Traces. The Farmer's Son immediately mounted one of the Horses, went to the common Road to the Sea, and swam his Horse to the other, too hold of his Halter, and all got out safe, to the great Joy of the Father, who thought his Son and two Horses must inevitably be lost. Though the Clift is reckon'd between 40 and 50 Feet high, the Horse was not hurt.

Source:   Public Advertiser (London, England), Tuesday, March 15, 1757; Issue 6984.
Canterbury, March 12. Wednesday last was committed to Maidstone Gaol, John SINGYARD, charged with stealing a Bushel of Wheat, out of the Barn of John SAXBY of Hadlow.

Source:   Gentlemans Magazine and Historical Chronicle (London, England), October 1763, p. 409  [SDY]
Mr. Urban, Kent, Oct. 18, 1763.

In our last Magazine you gave an account of the dreadful storm we had here in Kent: I now send you some of the many effects which have already, and must inevitably follow, to be inserted in your next Magazine.

We have now gotten in the small remains of our crops, which the storm left us; the amount of our hops from 2lb. to about 20lb. an acres; a great number of acres had none left worth the picking: This account will be found too well confirmed by the officers books who are employed in collecting the hop-duty.

A very small quantity of corn hath been saved, and what is saved is so very gravelly and grown, that it will afford but little nourishment, and barely pay the charges of harvesting and getting of it in. The fruit is, for the most part, totally destroyed, and the apple trees (till the late sharp winds and frosts) were again putting forth fresh shoots and leaves, and began to be in bloom as if in the month of April, which must be very hurtful to our next expected crop.

Our country now appears too unnatural to give you a true landscape thereof: The trees lies promiscuously around us, torn in pieces; the earth cut in deep chasms by the rapidity of the torrents; the stones and gravel lying in heaps; the roofs of our houses, the walls and the windows beaten and shattered to pieces, and we ourselves thereby exposed to the inclemency of the weather, without being able to secure ourselves from the severity thereof. Sad prospect for the approaching season!

But this is not all; for a train of sad consequences must of necessity still follow: The landed gentlemen have suffered so much in their buildings, etc. that 'tis put greatly out of their power to assist the lower class of sufferers; the farmers here, who occupy land at a high rent, cannot afford to employ the tradesman and labourer who must inevitably become a charge to the parish, which charge will principally fall on the occupiers of the land, and, in the end, will render them unable to pay their landlords, who must thereby be also affected at last; so that some of all ranks and degrees must sink under this great calamity, unless the case be taken into the consideration of the benevolent and humane part of the nation.

An estimate of the general loss hath not yet been taken, but it is supposed it will amount to above £50,000. A prodigious loss! and sustained in less time than one hour!

We read in our annals of dreadful storms happening from time to time, in particular parts of this nation; but perhaps scarcely any of them were ever known to have been so extensive as this has been, and to have happened at a season of the year wherein to do so great damage.

Yours, etc. E. G.

P.S. In your last, the name of the parish of Nettlested should have been inserted in the description of the storm there.

Source:   Public Advertiser, (London, Middlesex), 28 June 1764, Page 2  [SDY]
They write from Hadleigh, near Tunbridge in Kent, that on Monday se'nnight a Barn and Warehouse, belonging to Mr. BARTON, an eminent Farmer and Woolstapler, were set on fire by the lightening; whereby a great quantity of wool and corn was destroyed, to the amount of near £600 and other considerable damages sustained.

Source:   "Westminster Journal and London Political Miscellany (London, England ), Saturday, August 25, 1764; Issue 1028.
On Saturday morning, as Mr. BATEMAN, sexton to St. Dunstan's in the West, and an Undertaker in Fetter-lane, with his servant, were going with the body of Mr. STREET, a pastry-cook in Fleet-street, who the Saturday before was thrown from his horse, and broke his leg, in order to be interred at Elham, in Kent, by some accident the Hearse was overturned near Black-heath, and both being on the top thereof, the former had his leg broke, and the other broke his bladder, so that it is thought they cannot neither recover.

Source:   St James's Chronicle (London, Middlesex), Saturday, August 03, 1765, p. 3. Col. B.  [SDY]
Canterbury, August 3.

The Assizes ended at Maidstone last Wednesday Night, when eight Persons received Sentence of Death, viz. Thomas ROGERS, Samuel MATTHEWS, and John KING, for Highway Robberies; Simon PINGANO, and Andrea BENEVENUTO, for forging Seamens Wills; Thomas DOWDNEY, and Thomas POSTLETHWAYT, for Horse-stealing; and Jane SMITH, alias WHALEBONE, alias MONK, for House-breaking. The three last are reprieved.

Source:   St James's Chronicle, London, Middlesex, Saturday, August 03, 1765, p. 3.  [SDY]
On Friday last, about Three in the Afternoon, a most violent Storm happened at Hidehill, Sonderidge, Whitly, Dryhill, etc. in Kent; and from thence to the Westward, attended with Rain, Thunder, and Hailstons, which had damaged at least one third of the Corn and Hops the Roads were blocked up with Hail Stones and Ice, in some places, upwards of three feet deep.

Source:   St James's Chronicle, London, Middlesex, Saturday, August 03, 1765, p. 3.  [SDY]

Richard WARREN, Perfumer, in Marybone [sic]-Street, St. James's London, begs leave to acquaint the Nobility and Gentry, that he has opened a complete Shop during the season, at the top of the Walks, at Tunbridge Wells, where he sells all sorts of the most curious and best perfumery goods in all its Branches.

A Quantity of Odour of Roses from Persia, exceeding fine; his Imperial Milk of Roses, as usual. Sold also by Mr. Cooke, Bookseller, in Pater-nostar Row, at 7s 6d a Bottle.

Source:   Lloyd's Evening Post (London, Middlesex), Monday, August 12, 1765, p. 6, Col. A.  [SDY]
On Saturday the Coroner's Inquest sat at Maidstone, on the body of Mr. Stephens, late Keeper of the county gaol of Kent, who was murdered on Wednesday last, by the prisoners in his custody, and brought in their verdict. Wilful Murder against 13.

A special Commission will soon be issued for a Court of Oyer and Terminer to be held for the county of Kent, for the trial of the prisoners that were concerned in the murder of Mr. Stephens, late Keeper of Maidstone gaol, who made their escape, but are since retaken.

The bodies of Andrew BENEVENUTO and Simon PIGNANO, the two Genoese Sailors, who broke out of Maidstone gaol, and were shot dead on opposing their pursuers, and brought back to Maidstone gaol, are ordered to be hung up in chains on Pennenden-Heath near Maidstone. They were to have been executed as to-morrow.

Source:   Lloyd's Evening Post and British Chronicle, Monday, August 12-14, 1765, London, Middlesex, p. 7.  [SDY]
We have been favoured with he following account of the Maidstone affair, from a Gentleman near the spot:

In the room through which the felons were led from prayers, hung the arms, which they seized, not being handcuffed: PINGANO one of the Italians, was the first who gave the alarm, by jumping into a chair, notwithstanding his fetters, and snatching a broad sword, with which he mortally wounded the Jailor. During this confusion, the Rev. Mr. DENNE and another person were in the next room, which they belted, and were they remained above two hours, while the prisoners were rifling the jail, drinking, Etc. and from whence they could hear them consulting whether they should force the door, and kill all.

In the mean time, a person in the town, on the first notice of Mr. DENNE's distress, and knowing whereabouts he must probably be, was determined to make a hole in the wall to get him out, and which, notwithstanding its thickness, he effected, though the felons frequently fired at him while he was at work, having loaded their pieces with pewter, glass, etc. Through this hole, which was in the room adjoining to where Mr. DENNE was, on watching a proper opportunity, he jumped into the street, having, on unbolting his door, happily discovered it. While he was getting out he was fired at not only by the felons from the jail, but also by a man in the street, who supposed him to be one of them escaping, and had several shot in his cloaths.

Two or three hours after, it being then night, the rogues sallied forth, being then so drunk that they fired wantonly as they passed through the streets, by which Mr. FLETCHER was shot dead at his own door, and several others wounded. The soldiers from Chatham arrived half an hour after; and, immediately pursuing the largest body, overtook seven of them near Sevenoaks, among them the two Italians, who refusing to surrender, the soldiers fired, and broke PINGANO the murderer's arm: He fell, and when on the ground fired his blunderbuss, but then was soon dispatched, as was his countryman. The others were conducted back to the jail, where they are now chained to the floor. Two being taken, as said, in London, and two at Graveney, not above five or six are now missing.

Source:   St James's Chronicle, Tuesday, August 13, 1765, p. 1, Issue No. 694., Col. C.  [SDY]
The Bodies of Andrew BENEVENUTO and Simon PINGANO, the two Genoese Sailors, who broke out of Maidstone Gaol, and were shot dead on opposing their pursuers, and brought back to Maidstone Gaol, are ordered to be hung up in Chains on Pennenden-heath near Maidstone. They were to have been executed as To-morrow for forging Seamens Wills.

[Also in Public Advertiser, Wednesday, August 14, 1765, p. 3, Issue No. 9604, Col. A.]

Source:   London Evening-Post, Thursday, August 15, 1765, p. 2, Issue No. 5897, Col. C.  [SDY]
Canterbury, Aug. 14:

Seven of the Felons who broke out of Maidstone Gaol after murdering the Keeper, and since apprehended, were discovered near Sevenoaks by a Countryman, who asked whither they were travelling to; they answered, to go on ship-board: he asked them, how they came to carry arms; they were angry, and told him to go about his business.- He had heard of the Prisoners escaping, and of their Cruelty, and soon raised the neighbourhood, who pursued them into a Wood, where coming up with them, about a dozen men presented their pieces, commanding them to surrender, which five of them soon did; but the two foreigners were very resolute, and swore they would not be taken alive, and fired at the Countrymen several times, but one of them was soon killed; the other, said to be PINGANO, got behind a tree, and though he was much wounded, fought upon his knees, till he was shot through the head. We don't hear that any of the brave Countrymen were wounded. The two that were killed, and the other five that surrendered, were put into a cart, and safely conveyed to their old quarters: one of them was so impudent as to hollow when he got into Maidstone Town.

It is said that for the present, the bodies of these bloody villains were put a little way in the ground under the gallows, at Penendon-Heath.

The names of the seven that were killed and taken near Sevenoaks, are Simon PIGNANO, Andrea BENEVENUTO, Thomas LOCKSKEG, John DUGMORE, John KING, Thomas MOLLOY, and James MACDONALD.

Three were taken in a barn near Shoreham, in Sussex, via. Thomas DOWDNEY, John TISELY, and John PERRY.

John BAILEY, and John WARD, were taken at Grainey, near Feversham; they were committed since the Assizes.

Source:   Lloyd's Evening Post (London, England), September 25, 1765 - September 27, 1765; Issue 1282.
Friday, September 27. COUNTRY NEWS.
Canterbury, Sept. 25.

On the 10th instant came to Sandwich, three men, two women, and a girl, of the gypsey kind, except one of the women; they travel the country with a horse and a jack-ass; one is an old man, whom the rest call father; the woman went the day following to the house of Solomon BARTON, at the Red Lion, and, under pretence of telling fortunes, prevailed on Barton's wife to shew her all the money she had in the world, which was about 20 Pounds. She then ordered BARTON's wife to put the money in clay, and put it in a rag, which she was not to open till the Saturday night following, and then she should find a large quantity of gold; but when the poor woman looked for her money on Saturday evening, she found nothing but a few halfpence wrapt up in the rag.

Source:   London Evening Post, Saturday, August 8, 1767; Issue 6205.  [SDY]
The following threatening and incendiary letter was, on Sunday the 2d instant, received by the London post, directed to Sir Richard BETENSON, of Bradbourn Place, near Sevenoaks, in the county of Kent, Bart., and containing the words and letters following, viz.' To' Sir Richd. Betteson' Bradburn near ' Sevn Oaks' Kent. Bradbourn, Aug. 1.'Sr :' Your Baily or Steward proper is a ' black gard sort of fellow to the Workmen and ' if You dont discharge him You may Look to' Your House being sett on fire if Stones will' not Burn You damned Sun of a hoare You' shall have Your throat cutt from Ear to Ear' except You lay 50L. under the Second tree' of Staples Nashes from his house at the frunt' of the Great Gates near the Rabbitt Warrin' on Wed Morn next or on Friday Look to ' Your Self' Seven Oaks Morgains' farm.' from a fair Writer' August. 1. 1767.

Source:   St. James's Chronicle or the British Evening Post (London, England), January 28, 1769 - January 31, 1769; Issue 1236.
St. James's, Jan. 27.

HIS Majesty having been pleased to appoint his Grace John Frederick Duke of Dorset to be Lord Lieutenant of the County of Kent, and of the City of Canterbury, and County of the same, his Grace this Day took the Oaths appointed to be taken thereupon, instead of the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy.

At the Court of St. James's, the 27th Day of January 1769, Present The KING's Most Excellent MAJESTY in Council.

SHERIFFS appointed by his Majesty for the Year 1769.

Kent, Wm. WHEATLEY, of Erith, Esq.

Source:   Public Advertiser (London, England), dated Thursday, July 16th, 1772; Issue 11055.
Canterbury, July 14th.

One Day last Week as Mrs. KETTERMAN was returning from Margate to Monkton, she had the Misfortune in jumping from her Horse (which ran away with her) to break both her legs; she now lies dangerously ill, and there is but little Hopes of her Recovery.

Source:   Lloyd's Evening Post (London, England), March 3, 1773 - March 5, 1773; Issue 2446.  [SF]
On Tuesday evening last, a Mr. BASSETT of Margate was conducting a woman, who was insane, to London in a post chaise, accompanied with her maid servant, they were stopped on Blackheath by a single highwayman, who happening to come on the side of the servant sat, demanded her money; she said she had none, and was only going to London on her Mistresses business. Upon which he immediately addresses the mad woman in the same manner, not knowing anything of her insanity; she made answer "There is Captain Blackburne's fine house at Margate, you may take it for 3s a year, and money plenty, money plenty!" He still insisted on his demand and threatened her greatly; she then pulled a nosegay out of her bosom, and put it into his hand saying..."You have, indeed, Sir, as soft a hand as ever I felt a man's in my life". At this instant, hearing another chaise coming towards them, he rode off.

Source:   London Evening-Post (London, Middlesex), Saturday, July 30, 1774, p. 2.  [SDY]

TIMOTHY JOSEPH MALKIN, having much enlarged and improved the said Inn, returns thanks for all the favours he has received from the town and neighbourhood of Faversham in particular, and from the public in general. The frequent solicitations of many respectable families travelling the Kentish Road which have honoured him with their favours, has induced him to acquaint gentlemen and ladies in general, travelling the above road, that he has exceeding good accommodations for lodging, etc., good stabling, and a coach-yard, with the best of wines and spirits, and a good larder according to the season. Letts post coaches and chaises to any part of England. All those who please to favour him with their commands, may depend on his utmost endeavours to give satisfaction, and their favours will be most gratefully acknowledged, by their most obedient humble servant to command,


Faversham is distant from London 47 miles, from Rochester 18 miles, and from Margate, Deal and Dover 25 miles.

A good road through the town, about a quarter of a mile out of the main road. Sells all sorts of wines and spirits neat as imported, and on the most reasonable terms, wholesale and retale [sic].

July 12, 1774.

Source:   London Evening-Post (London, England), Tuesday, August 23, 1774, p. 2.  [SDY]

WHEREAS JAMES BOORMAN, alias SPAIN, a taylor, went away before Easter, 1773, (through a rambling disposition) from his father, near Cranbrook, in Kent, if he will return home immediately, or write to Mr. John BOORMAN as above, he will be informed of something much to his advantage.

N.B. If the said James BOORMAN be dead and any person will give information of the same to John BOORMAN, near Cranbrook, in Kent, the favour will be gratefully acknowledge.

Source:   Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser (London, England), Friday, April 21, 1775; Issue 14 401.
Monday night a man attempting to rob a hen-roost belonging to Mr. WELLER, farmer, of Dathbridge, in Kent, was seized by the throat by the yard dog, and strangled before any person came to his assistance.

Source:   Public Advertiser (London, England,) Friday, September 27. 1776; Issue 14660.
Extract of a Letter from Chatham, Sept. 25.

This Afternoon as one Charles DADD, a Shipwright, was at work on one of the Port Lids of the Ardent Guardship, now in Dock, some Person on board lowered the Lid, by which Means he fell to the Bottom of the great Dock; lighting on his Feet, he dislocated both Ancles, and was otherwise so much hurt, that he was carried home in great Agonies.

Source:   London Gazette (London, England ), May 13, 1777 - May 17, 1777; Issue 11770.
The King has been pleased to grant unto Francis COBB and John BAKER, Gentlemen, the present Wardens of the Pier of Margate in the County of Kent, and within the Liberty of the Cinque Ports, and to their Successors, His Royal Licence and Authority to hold a Market in the said Town of Margate on Wednesday and Saturday in every Week.

Source:   Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser, Wednesday, May 28, 1777; Issue 2502.
Yesterday a Patent passed the Great Seal, directed to Francis COBB and John BAKER, the present Wardens of the Pier of Margate, in the county of Kent, and their successors, to empower them to open a Market, to be held on Wednesday and Saturday in every week, at a certain Market-place, now erecting upon Pier-green, in the centre of the town of Margate, for the selling of Corn, Grain, and Flour, and Flesh, Fish, Poultry, Butter, Eggs, Fruit, Vegetables, and other Provisions, together with a Court of Pie Powder.

N.B.  From:-

"Pie Powder Courts were set up in small towns, villages, and ports throughout England during the Norman and Medieval period to preside over the goings on at Fairs, markets and seaports."

Source:   Daily Advertiser (London, England), Thursday, November 27, 1777; Issue 14648.
A Boarding-School for young Ladies at Margate. Mrs. JOHNSON, in King-Street, Margate, intends, in April next, to receive young Ladies above seven Years of Age; under whose Care they will be genteely boarded, and instructed in the plain and fine Works, in English, French, Writing, Drawing, Musick, and Dancing. The French grammatically, and the finer Works, will be taught by Miss JOHNSON, who received Part of her Education in France. Young Ladies to whom Sea-bathing may be necessary, will be very carefully attended, and may have the Advice of a regular Physician. The Terms of the School will be published in a few Days.

Source:   Almanac, 1778  [SDY]
This year there will happen three Eclipses of the Luminaries, Two of the Sun and One of the Moon, in the following Order.

The First is a visible one of the Sun, on the Twenty-fourth Day of June in the Afternoon; the beginning at Forty-one Minutes and a Half after Three; Middle Thirty-six Minutes after Four; and the End at Twenty-seven Minutes and a Half after Five [roughly 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. or 1-3/4 hours].

The second is a visible one of the Moon, on the Fourth day of December in the Morning, before the Moon's setting; the Beginning at Twenty-four Minutes after Four; Middle Thirty-seven Minutes after Five; and end Forty-nine Minutes after Six. The Digits of the Moon's Diameter eclipsed 6 degrees 1-4th [roughly 4:24 a.m. to 5:49 a.m. or 1-1/2 hours].

The Third and last is of the Sun, on December the Eighteenth, at Our Midnight nearly, and therefore invisible to us.

Source:   General Evening Post (London, England), Tuesday, April 27, 1779; Issue 7072.
Extract of a letter from Canterbury, April 27. "Friday morning, about seven o'clock, a ball of fire, succeeded by a very loud clap of thunder, fell on a clover mill belonging to Mr. YOUNG, of Challock, which entirely consumed the mill, except about four feet of brick work." About the same time, after a very severe clap of thunder, a fire-ball fell in a hop ground near this city, and shivered to pieces a number of poles.

Source:   Craftsman or Say's Weekly Journal (London, England), Saturday, February 5, 1780; Issue 1054.
Tuesday night, between eight and nine o'clock, a fire broke out in the cabin of the Haywood transport, Capt. Collins, of 500 tons, which lay in Mr. DUDMAN's wet dock, near Deptford, which burnt her down to the water's edge. The Captain was in bed when it broke out, and was obliged to jump out of the cabin window into the water, to save himself. A boy is missing, and as he was likewise in bed, it is feared that he perished in the flames. The Anne and Elizabeth, lying at the same place, has received some damage. Tuesday night two men, endeavouring to get the ship out of the wet dock, fell into the Thames, and were both unfortunately drowned.

Source:   Public Advertiser (London, England), Thursday, August 28, 1783; Issue 15367.
JOHN LANGRIDGE - Whereas John LANGRIDGE, late a Soldier in the 70th Regiment of Foot at the last Lent Assizes for the County of Surrey, preferred an Indictment, which was brought on to be tried at the last Assizes for the said County, held at CROYDON; but the said John LANGRIDGE did not appear to prosecute the said Indictment: A Reward of FIFTY POUNDS is hereby offered to any Person who shall discover where the said John LANGRIDGE is if living, or if dead a Reward of Ten Guineas will be given to any Person discovering when and where he died, by applying to Mr. Thomas COMBE, Stationer, Bishop's Court, Chancery-Lane.

N.B. John LANGRIDGE was born at LIMPSFIELD, in Surrey, supposed to be about 30 Years of Age; he is short and rather thick-set, with short lank brown Hair, and of a sallow Complexion, thin Lips, a squeaking Voice, and a Jerk in his Gait: His Business, a labouring Gardener; formerly worked at Hampton-Court, and since at KINGSTON; and is supposed to have gone from thence into Kent.

Source:   Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser (London, England), Thursday, May 6, 1784; Issue 17285.

An indictment was preferred against me at the Lent Assizes, 1783, at Kingston upon Thames, on the information of John LANGRIDGE, a foot soldier, not from motives of justice, for there was no foundation for the charges, but from the interested views of the diabolical instigators of it.

I gave notice of trying the indictment at the ensuing assizes at CROYDON, summoned a special Jury and was prepared with witnesses who could most incontestibly have proved my innocence; but unhappily for me, no evidence was produced against me. I therefore was of course acquitted, without having an opportunity of making my defence. The reason assigned for not proceeding on the indictment was, that John LANGRIDGE was dead; yet, after the assizes, it was industriously propagated that I had secreted him, and bought of his testimony; I then advertised a reward of 50L. to discover the said John LANGRIDGE, in consequence of which, I received the following certificate, which, with affidavits annexed, I beg leave to lay before the public.


IGHTHAM, Kent, August 16, 1783.

We do hereby certify that John LANGRIDGE, late of the parish of Limpsfield, in the county of Surry, and who had resided in this place as a labourer to Robert BATT, Farmer, ever since, on or about the 1st May last, departed this life on 20th June last, at the House of Charles KNIGHT, Victualler, in the said parish of Igtham, and that he was buried there on 22d June, at the expense of the said parish of Igtham. As witness our hands the day and year above said.

Buried by M. DRURY, A.B.

Henry HEASTREET, James COUCHMAN, Clerk. Charles KNIGHT.


Robert MORLEY, of Crown-Street, WESTMINSTER, Gent., and John SMITH, of Kingston upon Thames, in the county of Surrey, Butcher, severally make oath and say, and first this deponent, Robert MORLEY, for himself saith, that the certificate hereunto annexed, respecting the times of the death and burial of John LANGRIDGE therein mentioned, is true to the best of this deponent's knowledge and belief; he this deponent having examined the same with the registry of burials kept in and for the parish of Igtham, in the county of Kent; and this deponent further saith, that he did, on the 16th of August last, see Mr. DURY, Curate of the said parish of Igtham, and also Henry HEASTREET, James COUCHMAN, Clerk of the said parish, and Charles KNIGHT, both inhabitants of the said parish, severally sign the said certificate. And this deponent, John SMITH, for himself saith, that he knew and was well acquainted with the above-mentioned John LANGRIDGE in his lifetime, and that he was late a soldier in his Majesty's 70th regiment of foot, and was in March last quartered at Kingston upon Thames, aforesaid, and was the same person as is mentioned in the certificate hereunto annexed.


Sworn at my house, in Southampton-row, BLOOMSBURY, this 11th day of Sept. 1783, before me.


On the 6th of November, 1783, KNIGHT made the following affidavit in the King's Bench. The KING against----ROFFEY, Esq., and DAVIS. "CHARLES KNIGHT of Igtham, in the county of Kent, victualler, maketh oath, and saith, that this deponent knew and was well acquainted with John LANGRIDGE, late a foot soldier in his Majesty's 70th regiment of foot, formerly of

LIMPSFIELD, in the county of Surrey, and had so known him for several years before his death, which happened at or about the time herein after-mentioned. And this deponent further said, that the said John LANGRIDGE came to lodge at this deponent's house about two months before his death; that on the 20th June last, in the morning, this deponent was informed by one of his servants, that there was a dead man in the house; upon which this deponent asked what he meant; the servant desired this deponent to go up stairs; this deponent accordingly went up stairs and looked over the chamber door through a large crevice, and there saw the said John LANGRIDGE dead, lying across one corner of the bed with his throat cut, whereupon this deponent immediately called some of his neighbours, and they broke open the door, which was fastened within side, and soon after application was made to the Coroner, and an inquest held upon the body of the said John LANGRIDGE, and a verdict brought in lunacy. And this deponent further saith, that he hath heard the said John LANGRIDGE say, he must go to the assizes in Surrey, and hang two people. And the deponent saith, that after LANGRIDGE's death, LANGRIDGE's father came to this deponent's house, and in conversation told this deponent, that his son John LANGRIDGE had desired that none of his family would tell any body where he was (if they knew) for that some people wanted him to go to the assizes, but that he did not mean to be there. And deponent verily believes, that something lay on LANGRIDGE's mind for some time before his death, this deponent having frequently heard him fetch deep sighs.

Sworn at Serjeant's-Inn,
Nov. 6, 1783, before W. H. ASHURST.

Source:   Morning Post and Daily Advertiser (London, England), Tuesday, August 3, 1784; Issue 3581.
Brother COBB at Margate declares in all companies, that the copy of verses imputed to him must be spurious, as he never wrote a line of poetry "in all his born days".

Source:   Public Advertiser (London, England), Thursday, November 11, 1784; Issue 15743.
Bon Mot. - A young lady at Margate, this summer, reading that the Ten Commandments were stolen from King-street Chapel, enquired of Dr. PARRY, who stood near her, what the thief could mean by stealing the Commandment? The Doctor gravely replied, Why, to break them immediately, to be sure, Madam !

Source:   The Times (London, England), Friday, Feb 04, 1785; pg. 4; Issue 30; col A.
Extract of a letter from Chatham, Feb. 2.

Last Friday night a warehouse belonging to Mr. Nathan SOLOMON, of Margate, was broke open, and robbed of a quantity of sugar, and the same night, one Henry MULLET was taken with some of the sugar in his possession, and on Monday sent to Dover to be examined.

Source:   The Times (London, England), Friday, Feb 04, 1785; pg. 4; Issue 30; col A.
Extract of a letter from Chatham, Feb. 2.

Last week the silk mills belonging to Mr. KNOWLES, of Seal, near Seven Oaks, were broke open, and robbed of a large quantity of raw silk.

Monday a poor unhappy woman, whose maiden name is HUNT, a native of Hythe, and who had been married to a soldier in the 59th regiment of foot, but for some time past cohabited with a dragoon in this city, went before the Mayor, and voluntarily confessed that she had murdered her own child, of which she had been delivered on the 26th of December last; in consequence of which she was ordered into custody, and the body taken up, but on being examined by two gentlemen of the faculty, and no marks of violence appearing, the poor unfortunate creature, whose mind seems to be disordered, was dismissed.

Source:   Correspondence from Mr. Samuel WARREN, Supervisor of Excise, to John Windham BOWYER, Esq., 1786.  [SF]
Earthquake in Margate - 1786

Account of the Earthquake, felt February 18th, along the Coast of England, between Margate and Dover, in a letter from Mr. Samuel WARREN, Supervisor of Excise, to John Windham BOWYER, Esq., one of his Majesties Commissioners of Excise, Communicated by John PRINGLE, M.D., F.R.S.

"Honourable Sir, Pursuant to an order from Mr. NOBLE, bearing the date the 11th Instant, I have made enquiry, as therein directed, relating to a shock of an earthquake, which happened on Wednesday the 18th February last; and find, that at Margate it was felt by Mr. Valentine JEWEL and his family just before eight o'clock in the morning; they being all in their bed, each person observed their respective beds to have a sudden shock, as quick as thought itself.

"MR BARBER, who lives at the King's Head Inn and next door to Mr. JEWEL, at the same time, felt his bed to tremble for the space of half a minute; his wife (who was in child bed at the time) and her nurse felt the like trembling in another room, and Mr. BARBER's mother (who keeps the said Inn) saw the door of her room to shake, which she thought then to have caused by the wind; and in like manner was felt by many other people in Margate.

"I cannot find, that it was felt by any person in Ramsgate, though felt at Deal Sandwich and Dover.

Source:   Whitehall Evening Post (1770) (London, England), Tuesday, May 30, 1786; Issue 6093.
Canterbury, May 30.

Saturday last was committed to St Dunstan's Gaol, by Terry MARSH, Esq., John KENT, of this city, miller, charged on the oath of John PILCHER, of BRIDGE, in this county, miller and baker, on a suspicion of having taken and carried away from a mill belonging to the said John PILCHER, a bag containing one hundred pounds and upwards of flour, his property, which bag he, the said John KENT, delivered to Thomas CLARINGBOLD, of Canterbury, labourer, for his use.

Source:  London Times (London, England) October 23, 1786, p. 3.  [SDY]

     As a party of musical Gentlemen were on their road to Rochester, on Friday, they were attacked at the bottom of Shooter's-hill by two footpads, who took from them what money they had; and that not contenting, they jocosely insisted on having a tune, which the gentleman of the bow were preparing to execute, when one of the stages, with a guard, coming in sight, obliged the villains to make a precipitate retreat.

     About ten days since three highwaymen attacked some gentlemen on Bromley Common, when the five of six or seven pistols were interchanged, before the robbers effected their purpose. The next day at noon one of the same highwaymen pursued a gentleman, who had been of the party attacked the night before, from the White Hart on Sevenoaks Common, to Mr. LAMBARD's house, the gate of the fore court of which he had scarcely time to shut after him before the highwayman came up. Such a daring instance of effrontery is almost without a parallel, even in these days of shameless profligacy.

Source:   World and Fashionable Advertiser (London, England), Friday, July 6, 1787; Issue 161.
A few days since were seized by Mr. Henry ANDREWS, his Majesty's tide-surveyor at Folkestone, near one hundred half ankers of brandy and geneva, together with about eight hundred weight of tobacco, which were all safely secured in his Majesty's warehouse there.

Source:   The Times (London, England) , 1788, April 17, Issue No. 1049. [SDY].  [SDY]
On Monday afternoon as Mr. HOLMES, a shopkeeper at Dartford, in Kent, was coming to town, he was stopped on Blackheath, near Greenwich Park Wall, by two highwaymen, who robbed him of seven guineas, and a 20L. Bank Note.

Source:   London Chronicle, Tuesday, March 3, 1789; Issue 5049.
Saturday evening, about ten o'clock, a fire was discovered under the staircase of Mr. Marsh PIDDOCK, haberdasher in Burgate-street, in Canterbury, but was soon got under from the immediate exertion of the neighbourhood. It was occasioned by a piece of timber being fixed in the flue of an ironing stove, at the house of Mr. EVERNDEN adjoining, which timber communicated to the staircase, and occasioned the fire. What renders this early discovery a most fortunate circumstance is, two infirm old ladies were in bed, and a few minutes longer would inevitably have prevented any person approaching them, the house being extremely old.

Source:   World (1787) (London, England), Saturday, April 4, 1789; Issue 707.
Thursday morning William PASMORE was brought from Maidstone Gaol, and executed in Butt-lane, DEPTFORD, on a temporary gallows, erected opposite the premises which he set on fire, pursuant to his sentence at the late Kent Assizes; he was attended by the Deputy Sheriff of Kent, and a great number of Peace Officers.

Source:   Oracle, The (London, Middlesex), Thursday, October 08, 1789, p. 3.  [SDY]
Saturday evening last, about seven o'clock, the drying stove belonging to the Powder Mills at Ore, near Faversham (which contained about twenty barrels of gunpowder) blew up, with a dreadful explosion; by this accident one poor man, named HOGBEN, about 65 years of age, lost his life, and his mangled remains exhibited a shocking spectacle; one leg was blown off near the ankle, the other above the knee, and one arm likewise off; the head and face were perfect; his entrails blown out, and his clothes quite black, scattered about at various places. It being a moonlight night, he was seen some considerable height in the air at the time of the explosion. We do not learn that he has any friends to lament his untimely fate. Another workman who belonged to the stove, was on his return from market, and saw the shocking accident. About eight years since a similar circumstance happened near the same place, which proved fatal to three men.

Source:   The Times (London, England), August 7, 1790, p. 3, Issue Numb. 1884.  [SDY]
Friday the house of George GLENNEY, Esq. of Bromley-Hill, in Kent, was broke open, and robbed of a great quantity of plate, and other articles of value.

Source:   Public Advertiser (London, England), Tuesday, October 5, 1790; Issue 17550.
A few days since the following shocking accident happened at Farnborough, in Kent: - As Mr. TIBBS, master of the George Inn, at that place, was taking five of his children to school at Orpington, in a post-chaise, the door accidentally flew open, and two of the children fell out, when one of the wheels went over the head of a fine boy, (who was breeched but the day before) and killed him almost instantly; the other escaped unhurt.

Source:   The Times (London, England), London, Tuesday, July 5, 1791, Numb. 2067.  [SDY]
J. Long, from the White Bear Inn, Basinghall Street, London, returns his sincere thanks to his Friends and the Public in general for the many favours they have been pleased to bestow on him for the last five years past, begging leave to inform them at the same time, he has taken the Red Lion Inn and London Hotel, Ramsgate, Kent, and furnished it in a genteel stile with all intire [sic] new beds of the best quality. Also laid in a large stock of choice Wines, Rums, Brandys, etc. all which he will warrant best as imported; with a good Larder daily supplied with every thing the season will afford, assuring his friends and the Public, that he will neither spare pains or expence in making it as commodious an Inn as any on the road.

N.B. Good Stabling for between Sixty and Seventy Horses, with a suitable number of Lock-up Coach-houses; also, neat Post Chaise with able Horses and careful drivers to any part of the kingdom. Coaches and Diligences to and from London every day; Diligence fare 1L. 4s. outside 12s. Coach fare inside, 1L. 1s outside 11s. Passage Vessels every day during the season from Billingsgate and Dice Key.

Source:   World (1787) (London, England), Wednesday, April 11, 1792; Issue 1648.
CHATHAM April 10.

A burglary was committed last week in the house of R. HORSENAIL, (one of the People called Quakers) of Strood, near this town, and between six and seven pounds, with some plate, stolen thereout. This robbery was evidently committed by some person well acquainted with the situation of the premises.

Source:   Lloyd's Evening Post (London, England), May 4, 1792 - May 7, 1792; Issue 5438.

May 28. George CRIPPS, late of Margate, in the Isle of Thanet, Kent, bricklayer, at five, at the Guildhall, Canterbury.

Source:   The Times Newspaper, 20th June 1792
The Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce awarded the Gold Medal in Agriculture to Mr. William DANN of GILLINGHAM, Kent for feeding Cattle and Sheep with potatoes.

Source:   St. James's Chronicle or the British Evening Post (London, England), March 12, 1793 - March 14, 1793; Issue 4995.
Extract of a letter from Chatham, March 11.

"A scene of iniquity has lately been discovered here, which disgraces those concerned in it, and if not stopped in due time, would have been of most dangerous consequences. Several persons, among whom were George ROW, of the Boatswain and Call, publick-house, George DADD, --------Bonus, and TWYMAN, Ropemakers, with others of the name of CHAPPELL, PETTMAN, and JEWEL, and some yet unknown, were concerned in the embezzling King's stores of all kinds, to the quantity of several tons.

"ROW, DADD, PETTMAN and JEWEL are secured for trial at the Maidstone assizes, and strict search is making after their accomplices. CHAPPELL was formerly convicted of a similar offence, and sent to the hulks; but part of his punishment was remitted -- and he has thus expressed his gratitude!

Source:   Observer (London, England), Sunday, April 9, 1797; Issue 279.
A hog was lately killed by Daniel AMOS, of Moldash, in Kent; which weighed sixty-six stone three pounds. -- The feet weighed only 3 pounds 14 and a half ounces.

Source:   Bell's Weekly Messenger (London, England), Sunday, May 28, 1797; Issue 57.

In this country was pertinent and sensible Rowena, a beautiful daughter of HENGISTUS, General of the Saxons, who having the Isle of Thanet given him by King VORTIGERN for assisting against the Picts and Scots, obtained as much ground as he could encompass with an ox's hide to build a castle, which being completed, he invited VORTIGERN to supper: after the entertainment, HENGIST called for his daughter Rowena, who entered with great dignity and magnificence, carrying a golden bowl full of wine in her hand, out of which she drank, and in the Saxon language said, "Be of health, Lord King." To this VORTIGERN replied, "drink health." This is the first health which we hear of in history, and boasts an antiquity of "thirteen hundred years." The story adds, that the King VORTIGERN, enamoured with Rowena's beauty, married her in a short time after, and gave her father the whole kingdom of Kent.

Source:   Kentish Gazette, (Kent, England), 29th September 1797  [SF]
A droll adventure took place at Margate last week, the commencement of which was nearly tragical, but it fortunately, for the persons concerned, terminated in a farce. By some neglect on the driver, a bathing machine in which were two ladies, got afloat and it being the ebb of the tide, was drifting fast to sea. Their cries attracted the attention of three gentlemen, who were amusing themselves in swimming. They got into a boat, and pushed off to the succour of the afflicted fair ones, to whom they presented themselves literally in puris naturalibus. Life is sweet and the damsels were happy to be rowed to shore without once daring to look at their brave deliverers.

Source:   Mirror of the Times (London, England), Saturday, April 7, 1798; Issue 106.
On Tuesday Thomas WELLER, and a man of the name of GREIG, watermen, were detected by one of the Lieutenants belonging to the Kent, lying at Woolwich, stealing naval stores, when they were conducted by a file of Marines to Mr. Justice RUSSELL, who committed them to Maidstone gaol for trial.

[N.B. from our contributor:  It is possible that it could be Mr. Justice RUFFELL, not always easy to distinguish the F's and S's in people's names]

Source:   The Hull Packet, Tuesday January 7th 1800, Issue 661.

Extracted from APRIL events.

The EARL of THANET and Robert FERGUSON, Thomas Gunter BROWNE, Dennis O'BRYEN, and Thomas THOMPSON, Esqrs., were tried in the Court of King's Bench for aiding Mr. O'CONNOR to escape out of Court at Maidstone; when EARL THANET and Mr. FERGUSON were convicted; the others acquitted.

[Note that it does NOT say Earl of Thanet in the last mention of him, probably a misprint.]

Source:   Jackson's Oxford Journal, Saturday, January 11th 1800; Issue 2437.
Another report referring to Events from April 1799.

LORD THANET and Mr. FERGUSSON found GUILTY in the Court of King's Bench of creating a riot in the Court House at Maidstone, after the acquittal of A. O'CONNOR, who had been tried for HIGH TREASON.

Source:   The Ipswich Journal, Thursday May 22nd 1800; Issue 3515
The term of the imprisonment of the EARL of THANET and Mr. FERGUSON having expired, they were yesterday brought into the Court of King's Bench, and entered into recognizances for their good behaviour for seven years, according to the terms of their sentence, viz. LORD THANET in the sum of 10,000L. and his two securities, the DUKE of BEDFORD and the EARL of DERBY, in the sum of 5000L. each; and Mr. FERGUSSON in the sum of 500L. and his two securities William BOSVILLE or BONVILLE and Thomas BRAND, Esq., in the sum of 250L. each.

Source:   From The Derby Mercury (Derby, England), Thursday, November 13, 1800; Issue 3582.
BROADSTAIRS near Margate, July 19, 1800.

For several years I was afflicted with LOWNESS of SPIRITS, as also with the LOSS OF THE USE OF MY LIMBS, my Legs were swelled to a considerable Size, and my whole nervous System was affected; I had every medical Assistance the Country could afford, without receiving any benefit whatever; I had given up every hope of ever recovering my Health again; but, being advised to make trial of Nervous Cordial, of which I took several Bottles, am now happy to inform you that my Health is perfectly restored, and I never experienced a better state of Health than I now enjoy. The only return I can make you for the Blessings you have bestowed on me, is, that you have my permission to make this Case public.

I am, with respect, your grateful humble Servant,

Broadstairs, Kent.
Witness, W. MINTER, New Inn, opposite KIRBY's STABLES, Margate, Father-in-Law to Mrs. ATHERDEN.

Source:   Morning Chronicle (London, England), Monday, August 4, 1800; Issue 9735.
PECKHAMHURST WOOD, the property of Sir William GEARY, in the neighbourhood of Mereworth, Kent, was on Thursday set on fire, and burnt so furiously, as to consume near one thousand acres of wood. A stop was put to its progress by a road which divided it. The fire is supposed to have been occasioned by boys who were destroying wasps' nests, or by some gypsies who had been making fires in the wood to cook their victuals.

Source:   The Morning Post and Gazetteer (London, England), Thursday, July 09, 1801; Issue 10254.
The Margate Theatre opened on Friday last with Deaf and Dumb. The town is filling very fast, 150 persons went down on Thursday last on board the Rose in June.

Source:   The Morning Post and Gazetteer (London, England), Saturday, July 11, 1801; Issue 10256.
The Margate Theatre opened last week under the patronage of the Duchesses of GORDON and MANCHESTER. Their Graces were present, together with Lady Georgiana GORDON.

The tallow-chandlers ladies say they must melt, the pastry-cooks that they shall be stewed, and the chop-house landladies that they shall certainly be broiled without a trip to Margate.

Source:   Bell's Weekly Messenger (London, England), Sunday, August 2, 1801; Issue 276.
On Tuesday last a cause of considerable importance to those interested in manorial rights was tried at Maidstone before Lord KENYON, wherein Charles PEARSON, Esq., Lord of the Manor of Whitstable, was Plaintiff; and Mr. FOORD, a gentleman in the neighbourhood of Canterbury, of considerable property, Defendant. The Defendant had enclosed a piece of waste upon BOSTAL HILL, adjoining his own land; to try his right to which the present action was brought; when, after hearing three witnesses, the right of the Plaintiff to all the waste land upon this extensive manor was clearly and fully established, by a verdict of the Jury, given under the direction of Lord KENYON, who remarked in the course of the evidence that not only all waste lands, but deserted roads, and mines, should there be any under them, were the property of the Lord of the Manor.

Source:   The Morning Chronicle (London, England), Thursday, September 23, 1802; Issue 10404.

This delightful little village is at present crowded with the most select company - not a house untenanted - scarcely even a lodging to be had, and so desirable is the residence generally considered, that many families have applied for accommodation, in vain. The two libraries are very neatly constructed, particularly NUCKLES'. Both are furnished with a sufficient variety of books, to suit every description of readers. These are the favourite lounging places for the visitors during the day. NUCKLE has this season opened his rooms on the evenings of Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, for promenade and card parties. The company have warmly patronized this plan, and of late have had many subscription balls at his library, which have been very respectably attended. The company often partake of the hospitalities of the elegant mansion of Mrs. FORSYTH: This lady had a public breakfast a few days since, at which nearly three hundred persons were present, comprising all the fashionables in the Isle of Thanet.

Source:   The Morning Chronicle (London, England), Monday, August 6, 1804; Issue 10987.
On Wednesday, as a boy, three years of age, the son of H. EMPTAGE, mariner, of Margate, was playing at the fort on the East Cliffe, he fell backwards over the precipice, to the depth of 90 feet, and though he pitched upon the rocks, he received no other injury than a fracture of the left knee.

Source:   Derby Mercury, Thursday, September 13, 1804, Issue No. 3779.  [SDY]
A few days' since, the Gardener of Thomas MAY, Esq., of Littlebourn Court, Kent, incautiously threw the clippings of a yew tree into the farm-yard, which were soon devoured by the hogs, and in the course of a few hours, 32 of them dropped down dead. This is inserted merely as a caution to those who are ignorant of the poisonous quality of the yew tree.

Source:   Hampshire Telegraph, Monday, September 9, 1805, Issue No. 309.  [SDY]
On Friday se'nnight, as Mr. ROBINSON, of Sydenham, in Kent, was returning home from town in a one-horse chaise, on his arriving at New Cross Turnpike on the Deptford Road, his horse took fright, and ran with great fury for a considerable distance. Mr. ROBINSON at length leaped out of the chaise, and broke his leg in three places. He was immediately, by his own desire, conveyed to his house in Sydenham.

Source:   "Westmorland, etc. (Lancaster, England), Saturday, May 30, 1807; Issue 311.
A most singular coincidence in two awful events, as it respects names, time, and effects, occurred in the parish of St. John, Margate, on Monday evening last. The first, William MARSH, a young man, son of Mr. MARSH, shoemaker, having been indisposed for a short time, after taking tea as usual, walked into the garden; where being taken with a cough, he burst a blood vessel, immediately dropped, and expired!

The other, William MARSH, a fine lad, sixteen years of age, son of Mr. Wm. MARSH, cabinet-maker, High street, and apprentice to Mr. ADAMS, painter, in Bridge-street, undertook for a small wager to run a short distance, in a given time, on the Canterbury-road:  before he had proceeded forty rods, he dropped down, and immediately expired!  Medical assistance was speedily procured, but in vain.

Source:   The Ipswich Journal (Ipswich, England), Saturday, July 11, 1807; Issue 3870, col. C.  [SDY]
A most distressing accident happened at Faversham, in Kent, on Saturday last; a youth the only child of Mr. POTTER, of that place, had returned from school for the holidays; Saturday was his mother's birth day; it was to be celebrated in the garden, and he had provided gunpowder to make some fire-works, when it blew up, and has blinded him for ever.

Source:   The Morning Chronicle (London, England), Thursday, June 16, 1808; Issue 12196, col. B.  [SDY]

Notice is hereby given that William PORTER, a Minor, little more than 18 years of age, lett his Friends, and went away from the parish of East Peckham, in the county of Kent, without their consent, on the 31st of May last. From the circumstances of a servant maid in the family, of the name of Ann MONTAGUE, being missing from about the same period, it is supposed that she and the said William PORTER are gone together, and have some design of getting married. As the young man has not the consent of his friends to this step, it is requested that any Clergyman, in whose parish banns of matrimony have been or may be published, between the above parties, would give immediate notice of such proceeding to Mr. B. C. Carter, No. 7, Staple-inn, London; and to Mr. John Palmer, Goose-green, East Peckham, near Tonbridge, Kent, which will be suitably acknowledged. If the young man will forthwith return to his friends, or let them know where he may be spoken with, he may depend on being friendly treated.

Source:   The Ipswich Journal (Ipswich, England), Saturday, July 22, 1809; Issue 3969, col. D.  [SDY]

Consisting, among various other articles, of a considerable quantity of Fir Timber and Deals of different scantlings and thicknesses, and superior in quality to any at present on the markets in this kingdom.

by Mr. HARMAN,
At the Ship Inn, Faversham, on Wednesday, the 9th day of August, 1809, at Four o'clock in the afternoon, subject to such conditions as shall be then and there produced, in one or more lots, as may be found most desirable and convenient to the intended purchasers.

The Materials of all those extensive Buildings, lately used as barracks, situated at Faversham, aforesaid, constructed principally of brick, and covered with tiles, the timber is chiefly very valuable Fir; which buildings are situated so near the navigable river as to afford every convenience and facility for removing the materials at a small expence. The buildings to be taken down at the expence of the purchaser or purchasers within such limited time as the conditions shall specify. They may be viewed any time previous to the sale, on application to Mr. WINCH, at the Ship Inn, Faversham.

Source:   Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday, August 7, 1811, Issue No. 3317.  [SDY]

     All the persons named in the following genealogy were living at Faversham, in Kent, in 1760, excepting only the former wife of the eldest CASHICK.

     Old HARWOOD had two daughters by his first wife, of which the oldest was married to John CASHICK, the son, the youngest to John CASHICK, the father. CASHICK, the father, had a daughter by his first wife, whom Old HARWOOD married, and by her had a son. Therefore, CASHICK's second wife could say:- "My father is my son, and I am my mother's mother; my sister is my daughter, and I am grand-mother to my brother" [all being references to the archiac meanings of son vs. son-in-law, today; her step-mother being also her daughter-in-law, and so on.].

Footnote: I have attempted, in the past to trace this alleged family with the Faversham parish registers. If this genealogy is not a fiction, then the marriages and the bulk of the other events have taken place at some other parish for, at Faversham, there are only the Harwood events listed below. There are no other entries earlier or later than these and no marriages:

c. 24 Sep 1760 Mary daughter of John/Susanna Harwood
c. 13 Nov 1763 John son of John/Susanna Harwood
c. 1 Sep 1765 Mary daughter of Paul/Elizabeth Harwood
c. 14 Dec 1766 Susan daughter of John/Susan Harwood
c. 26 Feb 1769 Linsey child of John/Susanna Harwood, buried 15 June 1769
c. 21 Jul 1771 Anne daughter of John/Sarah Harwood, buried 27 Oct 1771 an infant
bur. 21 Mar 1782 John Harwood.

Source:   The Gentleman's Magazine & Historical Chronicle. July-December, 1812, Vol. 52 (being the fifth of a new series.) Part the Second. pp. 386-387.  [SDY]

1812 Sept. 20. - Three families, consisting of Mrs. SHUTE, wife of R. SHUTE, Esq., of Sydenham, Kent, and sister to Mrs. LANGLEY, of Water-house, near Bath; her daughters, Mary, Margaret, Eliza, and Anne; Miss FISHER, also sister to Mrs. LANGLEY; Mr., Mrs. and Miss ROTHERY, of Bath; accompanied by a man-servant; arrived at Chepstow in two chaises, and after proceeding to view Tintern-abbey on the Wye, returned with the tide in a pleasure-boat. They were already within sight of Chepstow, and were preparing to land before the bridge, about eight in the evening, when, on coming through the centre arch, where a brig was moored across, the rope taking the bottom of the boat, upset it. Every exertion was made to render assistance; but, out of ten persons, seven perished, including the foot-man. The survivors are Misses A. and E. SHUTE, Mr. ROTHERY, and two boatmen. Mr. ROTHERY made three attempts to save his wife; and succeeded each time, but was as often obliged to relinquish his hold, by his struggling friends clinging to him. The pilot who so reprehensibly moored the vessel across is J. HALFORD, of Bristol; and a fine of 100L. has been levied on him by the magistrates.

Source:   The Gentleman's Magazine & Historical Chronicle. July-December, 1812, Vol. 52 (being the fifth of a new series.) Part the Second. October, 1812.  [SDY]
Oct. 19 and 20. - The heavy gales did considerable damage in Kent. At Folkstone, the quay, at the eastern part of the town, burst in several places. Six houses, with Mr. FARLEY's storehouse, fell into the sea, with a tremendous crash; and the next day Mr. FARLEY's dwelling-house was also swept away. The loss to individuals, whose houses were destroyed, is estimated at upwards of 2000L.

Source:   Annual Register, or a View of the History, Politics, and Literature, for the year 1812, vol. 54, No. 28, p. 41.  [SDY]
     Upwards of 1,000 French prisoners have escaped from this country during the war, and so many persons have lately been detected in assisting in their escape, that those concerned have had a vehicle made for the conveyance of Frenchmen to avoid suspicion or detection, exactly resembling a covered cart used by calico-printers with strong doors at each end, but with seats in the inside to hold a number of men.

     One of them was detected about a week since in a very extraordinary way. Some revenue officers went into a public-house near Canterbury, where two men were playing at cards whom they suspected to be Frenchmen on their way to escape from this country. They communicated this to a magistrate, who informed them that at that hour of the night (about eight o'clock) the constable was generally intoxicated, and it would be of no use applying to him; but advised them to procure the assistance of some of the military in the neighbourhood, which the officers accordingly did, and surrounded the house. The landlord refused to open the door, saying it was too late. The soldiers told him they were in search of deserters.

     A short time after two men came out of the back door, and the revenue officers suspecting they were two Frenchmen, secured them. Another came out directly afterwards, whom the soldiers stopped; he also was a Frenchman. They were conveyed away in custody.

     This was a mere chance detection, as the two men whom the revenue officers had seen at cards in the public-house early in the evening, proved not Frenchmen, but tradesmen of the neighbourhood; and while the officers were gone to the magistrate and after the military, a cart such as we have described arrived at the house with four Frenchmen.

     The fourth man, who was some time in coming out after the others, escaped into the London road, whither he knew the cart had returned, and overtook it, but the driver would not for a considerable time take him up, as he had only seen him in the night time, till he made him understand that he was connected with one Webb, the driver's employer. It being ascertained that the three Frenchmen in custody had been brought there in a cart, pursuit was made, and it was overtaken, and the driver and the Frenchmen were taken into custody; they were examined before a magistrate, when it appeared, from the confession of the driver, etc. that the four Frenchmen were officers, who had broke their parole from Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The cart bad been fitted up with a seat to hold a number of Frenchmen. He was employed by Mr. WEBB to drive the cart.

     The Frenchmen only got out of the cart at night to avoid observation. They stopped at bye places, and made fires under hedges. At a place near Brentford, a woman connected with WEBB made tea for them. They stopped on Beckenham Common to rest the horse, about ten o'clock at night; when a horse patrole passing at the time, suspected something to be wrong, but could not ascertain what. He insisted on the driver moving off; and when he was about putting the horse into the cart, an accident happened which nearly led to their discovery. The Frenchmen all being at the back of the cart, the driver lost the balance, when he was putting in the horse, and the cart fell backwards, which caused the Frenchmen to scream violently; but it is supposed the patrole had gone too far to hear the noise.

     WEBB was apprehended, and examined before a magistrate in Kent, but he discharged him. However, afterwards, the magistrate meeting with WEBB in Maidstone, where he was attending the assize on a similar charge, he took him into custody.

Source:   The Morning Chronicle, Monday, April 1, 1816; Issue 14637.

William WEBB, who calls himself a horse dealer, and who is a well known character, underwent another examination before Mr. BIRNIE, being charged on suspicion of being concerned with a gang of three others in breaking open, in a disguised state, the house of Mrs. RUMMELL, of Eastry, near Sandwich, and stealing Bank of England notes, country notes, and cash to a considerable amount. - He was committed for further examination.

[From our contributor: Jackson's Oxford Journal of Saturday, August 17, 1816; Issue 3304 has a report on Kent Assizes for August 1816, which states that he was capitally convicted and left for execution. The J.O.J. report of all those left for execution, from those assizes, has been added to the list.]

Source:   The Bury & Norwich Post: Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Cambridge, & Ely Advertiser (Bury St. Edmunds, England), Wednesday, April 23, 1817; Issue 1817.
A few days since, the Rev. John Ash STURGIS, Curate of Snargate, was fully committed to Maidstone Gaol, for trial at the next Assizes for Kent, on a charge of bigamy. He was married about 12 months ago to Miss HOWLAND of Canterbury.

[Also appeared in The Ipswich Journal (Ipswich, England), Saturday, April 26, 1817; Issue 4180.]

Source:   Trewman's Exeter Flying Post or Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser (Exeter, England), Thursday, July 3, 1817; Issue 2703.
Another London Ghost. -

On Monday se'nnight, about 11 o'clock, a Mrs. KIRBY, of Gun-street, Spitalfields, on going by the church, was suddenly arrested by the sound of a trumpet, which she thought proceeded from the vault underneath. On looking through the iron grating, she perceived a tall figure of a man, dressed in white, with a large turban on his head, and a red sash round the body. She continued to gaze in the utmost astonishment, till she plainly saw him (according to her own account) ascend from the vault into the church-yard, where he walked backward and forward for some time, then transformed himself into a swan, and flew away, across the steeple, and vanished. She then fainted, in which state she was found in the street, and was conveyed to the public-house opposite. When she recovered, she was carried home, where she was seized with fits, and is since then confined to her bed, the fits returning at intervals. The report having spread in the neighbourhood, an immense mob collected about the church-yard every evening since from five o'clock till twelve, when, it is of course said, the ghost is publicly seen regularly to fly over the church steeple. The pickpockets very naturally encourage the belief of the ghost, and in the confusion disencumber many persons of their watches.

Source:   Trewman's Exeter Flying Post or Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser (Exeter, England), Thursday, July 3, 1817; Issue 2703.
A singular circumstance occurred last Friday, at the sale by auction of the effects of Mrs. NOAKES, a widow lady at Mongeham, which is likely to become a matter of discussion for the gentlemen of the long robe. Mr. SANDWELL, a grocer of Deal, purchased an old chest of drawers at the price of 8 shillings, and having paid for the same, and got his bargain home, was carrying it up the stairs of his home, assisted by a neighbour, when a secret drawer suddenly gave way, and disclosed a bag, which falling gave a sound indicating that it contained a precious metal, and on examination upwards of 120 guineas were counted. The neighbour, who was privy to the transaction, very conscientiously demanded Five Pounds as Hush Money, which being refused, he has given information to the parties interested in the sale, who threaten the purchaser with an action at law for the recovery of the money.

Source:   Jackson's Oxford Journal (Oxford, England), Saturday, December 20, 1817; Issue 3374.
A hoax was played off a few days since on Mr. W. KILLICK, farmer, of Edenbridge, Kent, who had been for some time past in ill health. Two persons on horseback, of genteel appearance, one of whom personated Mr. Astley COOPER, called on Mr. KILLICK, saying they were sent by Mr. ALEXANDER, a respectable timber-merchant of that place, whose daughter they had been to see.  They were requested to walk in, and, after examining Mr. K. as to his symptoms, and prescribing for him, they took some refreshment, and were paid between 20 and 30 pounds, with which booty they made off.

Source:   The Times (London, England), May 13th, 1818.  [SF]
Melancholy Accident - On Sunday last, as James DYSON, Esq., was walking near the edge of the lower pier at Margate, he suddenly fell, when, shocking to relate, his head came in contact with the pier crane and with such force as to precipitate him over the side of the pier into the harbour, a distance of more than 40 feet! The water was off, but the great depth of mud rendered... his situation truly alarming; immediate assistance was given. It was found that no bones were broken, yet the shock which the head received was so great, that the unfortunate gentleman remains totally devoid of sense. We add, that the best advice only confirms the tears of his friends, that it is a hopeless case. Mr. DYSON is upwards of eighty years of age, very infirm and has lately been troubled with cramp and swimming in the head; the causes, no doubt which led to the above dreadful accident.

Source:   The Morning Post (London, England), Wednesday, October 28, 1818; Issue 14906.
Margate, Oct. 25.

The Typhus fever has lately been raging here to an alarming extent.  From delicacy to the peculiar situation of the inhabitants, I have been induced to forego naming it; but in the vicinity of the church (which is the hottest part of town), not less than seven out of ten houses, and within a stone's throw, all have been subject to its distressing effects. The sharp cold winds of Thursday, Friday, and yesterday, it is hoped, will continue; the approach of winter, and proper diet, may removed the dreadful evil. To Mr. WADDINGTON, the Surgeon, great praise is due, for his constant and skilful exertions.

A company of Gentlemen talk of erecting a Crescent on the New-road, to be named after the REGENT; it is to face the Great Northern Sea; and some steps have already been taken, such as measuring the ground, etc. Some such improvement is wanted, for we are lamentably deficient in good houses.

The Herring Fishery has almost totally failed hitherto. The fishermen ascribe this to the want of windy weather.  A boisterous sea, n"say they, always produces a wind-fall of one kind or another."

Source:   Trewman's Exeter Flying Post or Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser (Exeter, England), Thursday, October 26, 1820; Issue 2876.
MURDER:- Two men and a woman, belonging to a tribe of Gypsies, have been apprehended in Kent, on a strong suspicion of being the persons who sent the poisoned pudding to Maidstone Gaol, by eating of which two prisoners, GREENTREES and HEARN, lost their lives. It is conjectured that they were implicated with GREENTREES, in horse-stealing, and took that diabolical mode of preventing his impeaching them.

Source:   The Times (London, England), Tuesday, December 20, 1821, col. B.  [SDY]
Dover, DEC. 18. - Nothing arrived or sailed this day. It has blown a strong gale the whole of last night and this day at south-west by west. The entrance of the harbour is quite blocked up, the bar extending right athwart, so that nothing can get in or go out.

Source:   Kent & Essex Mercury, Tuesday, October 21, 1823, p. 1, Issue No. 53.  [SDY]
Early on Thursday morning last, a bay gelding, the property of Mr. William HAGUE, Solicitor, Cranbrook, was stolen out of a lodge on his brother's farm, in the parish of Benenden. The waggoner, who resides at some distance, happening to get up that morning two hours before his usual time, heard a horse trotting fast up the hill, and having the curiosity to look out, immediately recognised the horse, and calling out to the fellow, demanded to know where he was going with that horse. - The thief immediately took the alarm, jumped off his horse, and set off across the fields as fast as he could run, and has not since been heard of.

Source:   Kent & Essex Mercury, Tuesday, October 21, 1823, p. 1, Issue No. 53.  [SDY]
Fairs. - October 30th, Broadwater; 28th, Eastdean; 28th, Linfield; 20th, Rotherfield; 24th, Ashford; 29th Charing.

Maidstone Fair, Oct. 17. - Welch Bast, 1,200; Cart Colts, 206; Sheep, 800.

On this day there was a larger show of cattle than usual; but all descriptions were heavy, and but little business done. Good nag horses and two and three yearling cart colts were in demand, and high prices were asked. In the hop trade there was but little business doing, the sellers not being disposed to yield to market prices. A few samples of good hops reached from £12 10s. to £13. It is supposed that it was owing to Wayhill fair so little business was done. The day being particularly fine, the fair was large, but there was but very little cash stirring.

Source:   Kent & Essex Mercury, Tuesday, October 21, 1823, p. 1, Issue No. 53.  [SDY]

Relative of, and many years with Messrs. Cormack and Son, New Cross near London,

Respectfully announces to the Public, that having commenced business as Seedsman, Nurseryman, Florist, etc. and from his near connection with the above highly respectable wholesale house, he will be enabled to offer every article in the Seed and Nursery departments, genuine in quality, and on terms that he flatters himself cannot fail of eliciting very general approval.

N.B. J.D. having imported a considerable quantity of the finest Dutch Hyacinths, Narcissus, Jonquils, etc., he would be happy to furnish lists with prices affixed, either on personal applications being made, or by letters, address to him, Market-place, Dover.

Source:   Kent & Essex Mercury, Tuesday, October 21, 1823, p. 1, Issue No. 53.  [SDY]


Linen Draper, Silk Mercer, and Furrier,

Respectfully informs the Inhabitants and Visitors of Margate and the Isle of Thanet, that he has now on sale a very extensive assortment of Furs, consisting of Real Sable, Fitch, Chinchili, Squirrel, Lynx, Russia Lamb, Hempster, Swansdown, Bear, Minx, Mock Sables, Seal Fitch, and Fancy Muffs, with Tippets, Flouncings, and Trimmings in sets to match, or separate. The whole are warranted perfect, and will be sold on the very Lowest Terms.

J.J. has also purchased great variety of new designs in Cypress and Merino, Crape, Cachmere, Satin-worked Merino, Bragansa and Angola Shawls, with a general assortment of Linen-drapery, Silk Mercery, and Family Mourning.

Margate, OCT. 18, 1823.

Source:   Kent & Essex Mercury, Tuesday, October 21, 1823, p. 1, Issue No. 53.  [SDY]
WILLIAM DOBELL, Senr., Currier and Leather Dresser, Stone-street, Cranbrook, Respectfully informs the public that he has commenced business in the above branches, and hopes from the long experience he has had in the practical department, and being enabled to procure his materials from the best markets, he shall give satisfaction to his employers both in quality and price.

Hides and skins dressed in the neatest manner, and on the most reasonable terms.

Source:   Trewmans Exeter Flying Post (Exeter, England), Thursday, 2 September 1824, Issue 3098.  [SDY]

The recovery of the young Lady who lately eloped with her father's groom, George, and was restored to her family thro' the exertions of KINSEY, the officer, as was noticed in all the Papers, has turned out a most fortunate occurrence for the fair runaway. The gallant George, whose surname is IDEN, and who was bred a baker, for about fortnight mourned his disappointment in lodgings near the Mint, from whence he suddenly disappeared, and was heard nothing of until about a fortnight since, when he was taken into custody by MAY, the constable of Chiselhurst, in Kent, for horse stealing and placed in Chiselhurst cage; whence during the night he contrived to escape, and shortly after broke into the stables of Mr. John GREEN, a most eminent farmer at Eltham, in the same county, and took away a valuable gelding. For this last offence he was taken in he neighbourhood of Smithfield two days back by Barnley, the night constable, who brought him before the Magistrates at Hatton-garden, by whom, after being identified by MAY from Chislehurst, he was committed for trial.

Source:   Hobart Town Gazette (Tas.: 1825 -1827) (Australia) Saturday 22 October 1825. Page 1s.


The undermentioned Persons having absented themselves from their usual Places of Residence, all Constables and Others are hereby required to use their utmost Exertions to apprehend and lodge them in safe Custody.

A. W. H. HUMPHREY, Superintendent of Police.

114. ASHBEE, William, 5 feet 71/2 inches, red hair, blue eyes, aged 28, a labourer, tried at Kent March 19, 1821, sentence 7 years, native of Schorn,(Shorne ?) Kent, arrived by the Malabar, scar over right eyebrow and several scars about the mouth, Ticket of Leave, last employed as over-seer, road party, Blackman's river, charged with felony, apprehended at Ross Bridge, and escaped from custody at Jericho March 14, 1824. Two Pounds Reward. 337. BRYAN, Patrick, 5 feet 4 inches, brown hair and eyes, 24 years of age, a gentleman's servant, tried in Kent, March 13, 1820, sentence life, arrived per Maria, 1821, born at Kildare, absconded from the Public Works at the Coal River, August 5, 1825. Two Pounds Reward. 621. CROWHURST, William, 5 feet 5 inches, brown hair, blue eyes, aged 40, a farmer's labourer, tried in Kent July 1823, sentence life, arrived per Phoenix, born at Hawling, near Chatham, defective sight, top of the head bald, a bird and W. C. on right hand, a ring pricked on little finger, and a finger crippled on same hand, a mole on right cheek, near the mouth, absconded from Prisoner's Barracks Nov. 27, 1824. Two Pounds Reward.

Source:   Caledonian Mercury dated Monday, December 26th, 1825; Issue 16279.
A short time ago, Joseph STEWART, Esq., a county Magistrate, convicted a poor shopkeeper of the name BUTLER, who resides at Eastry, in the penalty of five shillings, for selling a halfpennyworth of salt to a cottager on a Sunday morning! The information was given by the Rev. G. RANDOLPH, vicar of the parish! (Report taken from the Kent Herald)

Source:   Jackson's Oxford Journal, Saturday, March 4, 1826; Issue 3801.
Wm. STARKS, yeoman, of Kent, ran a mile in Four Minutes Thursday for a wager - he comes appropriately from Wingham.

Source:   The Police Gazette: Hue and Cry, Saturday, March 23, 1829.
Henry SIMMONS, about 5 feet 7 Inches high, robust and light Complexion, and about 20 Years of Age; and Richard MILLS, alias RABBITT, 5 Feet 2 Inches high, stout made, dark complexion, dark long Whiskers, full Face, with a downcast Look, about 25 Years of Age, are charged with Sheep-stealing, and an Attempt to Murder. A Reward of Twenty Pounds is offered for their Apprehension.

[From our contributor: This report is prior to the Times Newspaper report, of 14th August 1829, giving details that Richard MILLS was sentenced to death, and Henry SIMMONS sentence was deferred until another capital crime for which he was to be tried, had been heard. That report was added to the list by myself on 13th April 2006, under the heading "MILLS, SIMMONS and LUCK". On checking the Criminal Registers, it would appear that Richard MILLS Death penalty must have been revoked to 12 Months imprisonment. Henry SIMMONS was sentenced to Death, but that appears to have been revoked and he was Transported for Life.]

[Copied into The Newcastle Courant etc (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England), Saturday, April 4, 1829; Issue 8046.]

Source:   The Times (London, England), July 2, 1829, p. 3, Issue No. 13955.  [SDY]

     Richard LAMBOURN, who stands charged with the murder of his wife at the Yorkshire Grey, on Blackheath, under the skilful treatment of Mr. Key, the house-surgeon at Guy's Hospital is likely now to recover from the effects of the desperate wound he inflicted on his throat. The whole of Monday and Tuesday his life was considered in imminent danger, particularly on the latter day, owing to the symptoms of inflammation perceptible when the first dressings were removed from the wound in his neck, added to which, there was considerable difficulty in the introduction of a sufficient quantity of nourishment into his stomach to sustain nature. On Tuesday evening, however, the symptoms of inflammation having in a great measure subsided, the miserable patient slept soundly at intervals through the night, and yesterday he was considerably better.

     Throughout the day he often talked about his wife, calling on his Maker to take him rather than be reserved for dying on a scaffold. He says, although he is aware that he deserves the punishment of death for the heavy crime he committed, yet he still hopes for mercy hereafter; and to those who approach him and allude to the dreadful affair, he says with great earnestness of manner, that his wife acted with great hardness of heart towards him; that since their marriage she abandoned him for the arms of other men, to whom she gave the money that ought to have been expended on his support, at a time that he was ill and unable to help himself. Her heartless conduct towards him, he declares, often made him "beside himself", and he has not known what he was about on several occasions.

     With respect to the knife with which the murder was committed, and with which he afterwards attempted to destroy himself, he states that it was the one he usually carried about him to cut his victuals with, when working in the woods at Deddington in Oxfordshire. He was not aware it was in his possession when leaving that place, and until his anger was aroused, on asking and supplicating his wife to return and live with him, when she scornfully forbad him the house, and expressed with an oath that she would never have any thing more to say to him - until then, and not till then, did he recollect the fatal weapon was in his pocket, when in the height of phrenzy, he drew it out, and was instigated to commit the crime.

     If the unhappy wretch continues to improve in health, in the course of a few days he will be sufficiently recovered to be removed to Maidstone, preparatory to the Kent assizes, which will shortly commence.

Source:   The Liverpool Mercury, Friday, May 21, 1830; Issue 994.
Abduction of Miss Turner.

Mr. Edward Gibbon WAKEFIELD, after being incarcerated for three years in Newgate, under a sentence of the Court of King's Bench, upon a conviction at Lancaster assizes, in 1827, for the abduction of Miss TURNER, an heiress, whom he carried from that county to France, under circumstances which obtained such notoriety at the time that they cannot be forgotten by our readers, was a few days ago discharged from prison, and took up his residence with his daughter and servants, at Green's Hotel, in Lincoln's Inn Fields. - Mr. WAKEFIELD's punishment will not end with his captivity; neither should it. His society will be, or ought to be, shunned by every respectable member of society. - Mr. William WAKEFIELD has also been liberated from Lancaster Castle, the term of his imprisonment for the misdemeanour of which he was convicted having expired.

Source:   The Times (London, England), Saturday, 30 October 1830, p. 3, Issue 14371, Col. A.  [SDY]

A few days ago, a gang of three desperadoes nearly 50 in number, surrounded a barn belonging to Mr. BENSTEAD, a farmer, near Ospringe, in which some labourers were engaged in threshing corn. The latter were preemptorily requested to desist from their occupation; and on their expressing reluctance to obey the mandate, they were forcibly dragged from the barn by the gang, and obliged to accompany them on a machine-breaking expedition.

On Tuesday about 200 machine-breakers passed through Charing and Lenham, on their way towards Maidstone, endeavouring to get others to join them and spreading alarm wherever they went.

Source:   The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, February 2, 1831; Issue 5143.

It is computed that not less than two thousand fires have occurred in different parts of the country since this horrible system first began.

Dover, Jan 30.

Another fire broke out last evening at a farm a STRUDDLE, about five miles from hence, opposite Lord Guildford's park, which destroyed two barns filled with corn; there is little doubt but it was the act of an incendiary.

Other fires are stated also to have taken place last night in the ISLE of THANET.

Source:   The Bury & Norwich Post: Suffolk & Norfolk Telegraph, Essex, Cambridge, & Ely Intelligencer (Bury St. Edmunds, England), Wednesday, Aug. 1, 1832; Issue 2614.
Yesterday se'nnight, Mr. Henry CADDINGTON, of Barming, near Maidstone, arrived in this town in consequence of a notice having appeared in the Hue and Cry, and claimed the horse which had been detained the previous week by our officer CANEY. On the man being brought forward, and a handkerchief which he had tied round his face removed, Mr. CADDINGTON immediately recognized him as Jack STEDMAN, one of the most notorious horsestealers in Kent, who was transported for life only four years ago, and was before convicted of robbing the prosecutor. He was removed on Monday last by CANEY to Maidstone for trial.

Source:   The Morning Chronicle (London, England), Wednesday, November 28, 1832; Issue 19736.  [SDY]
STOLEN HORSE. - From the ground of Mr. Thos. POTTEN, of Bethersden, Kent, a horse rising five years, with a white mark down his face.

Source:   Jackson's Oxford Journal (Oxford, England), Saturday, April 6, 1833; Issue 4171.
The funeral of the late lamented Dr. JARVIS, of Margate, took place at St. John's, Margate, on Tuesday the 26th of March. The procession was attended by all the authorities of the town, and every family of respectability in the place, the shopkeepers and tradesmen closing their windows on that occasion. The wealth and prosperity to which the town of Margate has arrived is mainly to be attributed to the late Doctor's ardent exertions and public-spirited conduct for a series of years; and not only the relatives of the deceased, but the inhabitants of Margate in particular, will everlastingly regret the loss of such a man, whether he was looked at as a leading public character, desirous of advancing the general good, or as a kind and sincere relation, and most staunch and upright friend.

Source:  The Blackburn Standard (Blackburn, England), Wednesday, April 06, 1836; pg. 2. Issue 64.

At Union Hall, on Monday, Thomas POULTER, described as the master of a workhouse in one of the unions of Kent, was fined 20 shillings to the King, 18 shillings and 6 pence damages, and 8 shillings and 6 pence costs, for assaulting John QUARTERMAIN, of the Star coffeeshop, King-street, Southwark, and a policeman, while in the execution of his duty.

Source:   The Morning Chronicle (London, England), Tuesday, March 6, 1838; Issue 21313.  [SDY]

A man named Samuel KENNARD was brought to the county gaol at Maidstone on Saturday, charged, upon the coroner's inquisition, with the murder of a man named WEST, at Cranbrook, in Kent. It appears that KENNARD, who is stated to be possessed of a little property, had resided at Cranbrook, and that he was given to drink, and was frequently intoxicated. While in that state frequent jokes had been passed upon him; and, after he had gone home to his house, he had been annoyed by persons knocking and ringing at his door. This incensed him to such a degree that he frequently declared, with an oath, that he would one day or other shoot some of the persons who annoyed him in the manner described. Although it was known that KENNARD had a gun in the house, yet it was not believed that he would carry his threat into execution, and it did not have the effect of preventing a repetition of the annoyance of which he complained.

It appears that on several occasions after KENNARD had made the threat in question, he had been annoyed in the same manner. The deceased man, WEST, had been intimate with KENNARD, and the latter had lent him a sum of money. On Tuesday night, between nine and ten o'clock, WEST went to KENNARD's house for the purpose of repaying the money he had borrowed, and also to make KENNARD a present of some game. The latter, it appears, had gone home some time before, and had retired to rest when WEST knocked at the front door. Not being able to obtain any answer at the front, he went round to the garden gate, where he also knocked, but was still unable to obtain any answer.

It would appear that KENNARD, hearing the noise, and imagining that it was some mischievous person who was disturbing him, immediately, without making any inquiry, proceeded to load his gun and stationed himself at his front window. WEST being tired of knocking at the back of the house, returned to the front door, and again knocked at it. The knocker was scarcely out of his hand when KENNARD lifted up the sash, presented the gun at him, and shot him through the head; he then shut the window and returned to his bed, leaving the unfortunate deceased where he fell. He was soon discovered by the passers by, but quite dead. Application was then made to the prisoner to allow the deceased to be laid in one of his out-houses, when he replied, "that he'd be d----- if he should be put there."

Information of the melancholy event having been forwarded to the coroner for this division of Kent, he immediately direct the necessary steps to be taken for holding an inquest, and KENNARD was taken into custody. A strict inquiry subsequently took place before the coroner, when the above facts were elicited. The jury, after a full investigation, returned a verdict of "Wilful Murder against Samuel KENNARD," and the coroner accordingly issued his warrant for his commitment to the county gaol. It is hardly necessary to add, that the occurrence has created very great sensation at Cranbrook and the neighbourhood.

[Also in the London Dispatch and People's Political and Social Reformer (London, England), Sunday, March 11, 1838; Issue 78 in nearly identical form.]

Source:   The Morning Post (London, England), Monday, September 17, 1838; Issue 21124.

On Friday as James LINDSEY, aged eleven years, the son of Capt. LINDSEY, of Priory Cottage, Bromley, was amusing himself with a fowling-piece in the parlour, it went off, and the contents lodged in the abdomen and thighs of his younger brother, a boy nine years of age, who is not expected to survive. Both Captain and Mrs. LINDSEY are absent from home, having left on a visit to Brighton the day before the melancholy accident took place.

Source:   The Sunday Times (London, England), Sunday, September 29, 1839; pg. 3; Issue 884.
A boy, named SEALE, about 15 years of age, has been committed to Maidstone Gaol, charged with having set fire to Oxford Castle Farm, near Sevenoaks. The property consumed at the fire is estimated at 2,000 Pounds.

Source:   The Champion and Weekly Herald (London, England), Sunday, November 17th, 1839; Issue 166.

For a considerable time past the neighbourhood of Rye has been infested with robbers. On Tuesday se'nnight the dwelling-house of Mr. SHARPE, grocer and baker, Winchilsea, was entered by some thieves, who completely ransacked part of the premises, and succeeded in carrying off a considerable booty in cash, silver spoons, tea, victuals, and other commodities, to the amount of 400L.

On the same night, the barn of Mr. SKINNER, of Udimore, was broken into.

On the night of Sunday last, the 3rd inst., some thieves broke into a barn belonging to Mr. John GARE, of Iden, near Rye, and stole three quarters of wheat, in sacks. (Taken from Kentish Times)

Source:   The Charter (London, Middlesex), Sunday, February 23, 1840, pp. 2-3.  [SDY]
Daring Robbery.

     Thomas BARTON, a powerful young man, was brought up from the station-house of the P division at Camberwell, charged with being concerned with two other men (not in custody) in breaking into two houses at East Peckham, on the Queen's wedding-day, and stealing vast quantity of property.

     It appeared that on Monday, the 10th instance, Benjamin COLLINS, a gardener, residing at East Peckham, determined to witness all he could of the ceremony of the Queen's marriage, and set out from East Peckham, after having locked up his house, and given his servant permission to visit her friends. On his return in the evening, about seven o'clock, as he approached home, he met three men, whose appearance attracted his attention. They had evidently property concealed underneath their clothes, and it struck him at the moment that they had been plundering his premises, and he hastened home as fast as he could, and soon found that his forebodings were too true, for, in his absence, his house had been broken open and ransacked of all the portable property it contained.

     Without loss of time he went in pursuit of the three men, and came up with them about half a mile from his house, and immediately seized one of them (the prisoner), and at the same time called aloud for assistance. The prisoner made a vigorous resistance, and, during his conflict with the complainant, knocked him down several times, and, in order to unburthen himself of the weight of property he had about him, began to scatter various articles taken from the house about the road. The other two men got away, but the complainant succeeded in securing the prisoner until the arrival of a policeman. It was then discovered that some articles belonging to a lady, whose house was broken into on the same occasion, were amongst the property found on the spot, where the struggle took place.

     The various articles were produced in court and identified by complainant. Mrs. Elizabeth BRADLEY, of East Peckham, stated that on Monday, the 10th inst., curiosity prompted her to leave home for the purpose of obtaining a sight of what was going forward on the occasion of her Majesty's nuptials. Before leaving home she had all the doors and windows fastened, with the exception of the parlour shutters, which in her hurry to get into town in time, she had forgotten to place the beam across. She left a female relative at home to take care of the children, all of whom remained in the kitchen during her absence.

     When she returned from town, after a drenching of rain for her pains in hunting after fine sights, she was, according to her description, "horrified" on finding her parlour window thrown up and her street-door wide open. On examining the premises, she discovered that the rooms were plundered, and amongst the property taken was a fashionable gold watch from her bed room. She identified the pocket-book found in the possession of the prisoner. The prisoner, who declined saying any thing on the subject of the charge was committed for trial.

Source:   Freeman's Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser (Dublin, Ireland), Saturday, March 9, 1844; Issue N/A.

Mr. John WOODWARD, baker of St. Peter's, in the Isle of Thanet, has in his possession one of those extraordinary animals, which was caught on the premises of Dane Court Lodge, the residence of Mrs. MILNER, who had heard the little animal several times previous to its being caught. It has been visited by a greater part of the inhabitants of this place, who expressed their astonishment and admiration of the notes of the little animal. The writer of this notice has witnessed it several times; the sounds it emits are a low but shrill whistle, something similar to the notes of a nightingale. (Originally in the Canterbury Journal, Kent, England.)

Source:   Preston Guardian (Preston, England), Saturday, May 3, 1845; Issue 1705.  [SDY]
West Kent Elections: -

The vacancy for this county has been filled up by the election of Col. AUSTEN, a staunch conservative, and an opponent of the endowment of Maynooth.

Source:   The Era (London, England), Sunday, October 5, 1845; Issue 367.

On Saturday last it was intimated at her Majesty's Royal Arsenal, that the Honorable the Board of Ordnance had most humanely granted a pension of £50 per year to the daughter of Mr. John CRAKE, the late rocket-master, upwards of half a century employed there, who lost his life by the late fatal and melancholy explosion in the Royal Laboratory department. A pension of 12 shillings per week has also been granted to each of the widows and orphans of the other unfortunate men who lost their lives in a similar manner. This, with the liberal subscription being raised, will place the unfortunate families in comparative independence for life.

Source:   The Examiner (London, England), Saturday, March 21, 1846; Issue 1990.

A labourer named BARBER, in the Woolwich dockyard, has been declared heir to a fortune of upwards of £30,000. He is married and has three or four children; has been three years a labourer in the dockyard, and bears an excellent character for industry and sobriety.

Source:   Tuesday, November 23, 1852  [SDY]
Daily weather table:

(weather at each at Nine o'clock yesterday morning)

Folkestone - Winds: N.W.; Light Airs; Overcast
Tunbridge - Winds N. W.; Calm; Overcast
Greenwich - [No winds reported]; Calm; Overcast

Source:   The Era (London, England), Sunday, June 19, 1853; Issue 769.

June 11. GREENWICH, - James MENNIE, White Hart Tavern, Stockton-street, to Joshua MEADE.

ST. PAUL'S, DEPTFORD, - From William BRANSTON, deceased, Shipwrights' Arms, Friendly-street, New-Town, to Patience BRANSTON, widow.

William GEORGE, deceased, Black Horse, Lower-road, Deptford, to Susannah GEORGE, widow.

A license was granted to Mr. G. EBBAN; the lessee of the Theatre Royal, Woolwich, for the year ensuing.

Source:   The Aberdeen Journal (Aberdeen, Scotland), Wednesday, July 19, 1854; Issue 5558.
At the sale of the late Judge TALFOURD's wines last week, at Messrs. Christie and Mason's a few lots of the vintage 1820 fetched the enormous price of £13 per dozen, they were understood to be purchased for Mr. QUARTERMAIN, of the Crown and Sceptre, Greenwich.

Source:   The Morning Chronicle (London, England), Tuesday, May 29, 1855; Issue 27588.

Thomas DAINES, sergeant of police, has been promoted to inspector, vice M'CLOUD, superannuated on a pension of £34 per annum; and W. ROBERTS, police-constable, appointed sergeant. The following have been superannuated:- Mr. John PARK, second-class clerk, on a pension of £250 per annum; Mr. George CRESSY, third-class clerk, £177 per annum; James RICH, master of the Hope lighter, £46 10s. per annum; William MUDDLE, shipwright, £24 per annum.

Source:   The Morning Chronicle (London, England), Thursday, August 30, 1855; Issue 17668.  [SDY]
The Murder In Kent.

     BROMLEY, TUESDAY. The police have been busy during the whole of this day in their endeavours to trace the author or authors of the barbarous murder and outrage committed at Cudham, about four miles from this place, on the morning of Saturday last; and although they have not yet succeeded in apprehending either of the suspected persons, clues have been obtained which, it is hoped, may lead to that desirable consummation in a very few days.

     It was known that old Mrs. BEAGLEY so savagely maltreated, and mother-in-law to the woman actually murdered, had saved a sum of money for the purpose of paying her funeral expenses, keeping it in the cottage, and it was at first supposed that this money had been stolen by the murderer. It now appears, however, that this was not the case, as although several boxes were broken open, the money was not found; and, consequently, the only money of which he possessed himself was a sum of 30s., which was in the pockets of the two unfortunate women, and so far, therefore, he was disappointed in his object. It is, however, now ascertained that other articles were stolen, an attempt to dispose of which may not unlikely lead to detection and apprehension, namely, two women's dresses (cotton, it is believed), an Oxford mixture shooting-jacket with pockets in the sides, and a pair of dark trousers with broad stripes down the legs, and the top of the waistband bound with red.

     The two men on whom suspicion rests are named respectively Robert PEELING and William CLARK; but the evidence which at present appears against them is of the most meagre and purely circumstantial character, although little doubt is here entertained that one of the two (it is hardly supposed that they acted in concert) will ultimately be proved to have committed the atrocious crime. The county police seem strongly to incline to the opinion that PEELING is the criminal, principally, perhaps, because of his bad character, he being a convicted felon, and at the present time one of those pests of society, a ticket-of-leave man. He was seen within a few days of the murder in the neighbourhood of Cudham, being in the habit of visiting his grandmother, who resides at Copthorne, and the mowers who saw a man run from the cottage of the BEALEYs on Saturday morning now gave it as their opinion that he bore a strong resemblance to PEELING. On the other hand, the Metropolitan police at Croydon (P division), who, as well as the county constabulary, are actively engaged in search for the suspected parties, seem to believe that CLARK will be found to have committed the crime, and it is somewhat remarkable that on Sunday morning last, after information of the murder was received at Croydon, Superintendent Handley, of the county constabulary, assisted by Bailey, 48 P division, actually stopped PEELING on the outskirts of Croydon and searched him, but, finding nothing of a suspicious character upon him, they suffered him to proceed towards London, where he said he was going to seek work. He is by trade a shoemaker, and had his tools with him at the time. The opinion of the mowers as to his identity with the murderer was not then known, or the rigorous search which is now being made for him would have been unnecessary. He is thus described by the police, viz., name, Robert PEELING, 24 or 25 years of age, 5 feet 6 inches high, no whiskers, and squints a little, had on a dark shooting coat or jacket, dark trousers, and black hat.

     CLARK, the man suspected by the Croydon police, is well known to them as an abandoned character, desperate enough for any evil deed, although he has contrived, despite suspicion upon numerous occasions, to evade conviction. He has long known the BEAGLEY family, one of whom, son to Mrs. BEAGLEY the elder, of Cudham, and brother-in-law to the murdered woman resides at Croydon. Upon this brother CLARK called on the Friday or Saturday week, and said he should go to Cudham and see old Mrs. BEAGLEY. After leaving Croydon he was seen in the neighbourhood of Cudham, but, like PEELING, not within three or four days of the murder. He is believed to be a deserter from the Grenadier Guards, and calls himself a navigator, but is known to wander over the country without working to obtain a livelihood. The following is his police description: - William CLARK, 43 or 45 years of age, 5 feet 10 inches or 5 feet 11 inches high, very upright, long neck, dark complexion, and large bushy whiskers. He sometimes goes by the name of James BAKER, and comes from Hayling Island, Hants.

     These are the two men upon whom at present suspicion along rests and the police confidently anticipate the capture of both within a few days.

     Old Mrs. BEAGLEY still continues in a precarious and insensible condition, and is hardly likely to survive the severe injuries she has received; and from her great age her sad fate has excited a very high degree of commiseration in the neighbourhood. She was formerly employed as nurse in the family of Mr. CHRISTY, the well-known manufacturer.

Source:   The Morning Chronicle (London, England), Wednesday, August 29, 1855; Issue 27667.  [SDY]
Murder In Kent.

     Intelligence has been received of a murder which has been committed at a village called Cudham, some few miles distant from Croydon, and of an attempt, fortunately unsuccessful, to take away the life of an aged woman residing under the same roof. The victim of the murderer was a woman named Jane BEAGLEY, a little above 40 years of age, the wife of a farm labourer. It appears that about half-past four or five o'clock on the morning of Saturday last BEAGLEY, the husband, quitted his cottage, which is a detached one, situate in the Westerham-road, to proceed to his ordinary work, leaving his wife and mother, who resided with them asleep in bed. He did not return till the evening about half-past seven o'clock, when, on arriving at his cottage with one of his sons, they were surprised to find it locked up, and the windows closed. They broke a window, by which they entered, it being then almost dark.

     On going into his wife's room he asked her why she had gone to bed so soon, but receiving no reply he felt in bed for her in the dark, and in doing so put his hand into what turned out, on lighting a candle, to be a pool of blood. His wife was completely covered over with the bedclothes and on removing them he encountered a shocking spectacle. The unfortunate woman was lying in her blood, and with her head and face so frightfully beaten and lacerated that it was difficult to recognise her. Near her, on the counterpane, lay a pair of tongs, which, from being smeared with blood, and from having portions of human hair adhering to them, were evidently the instrument by which the deed had been perpetrated. She was quite dead, and had been so for many hours.

     The old woman, who lay in an adjoining room, had part of her skull broken in, her hands very much bruised and her shoulders hurt. She was still alive, but insensible, and wholly unable to give any account of the transaction.

     The object of the murderer appears to have been plunder alone. The elder woman, though upwards of 80 years of age, had been able up to the present time to work in the fields, and her son maintained her and allowed her to accumulate her earnings. These, amounting to a few pounds, she kept in a box in her room. The murdered woman had also about 30s., which she had deposited in a chest in the apartment where she slept. Both these boxes had been broken open and were ransacked.

     About six o'clock on the morning of the murder two men, who were mowing clover in a field close by, state that they saw a man come from the garden behind the cottage across the meadow in which they were working. He was about 30 or 40 yards from them; that they hailed him; and that the louder they shouted the faster he ran until he was out of sight. He appeared to be from 20 to 25 years of age, about five feet seven inches high, dressed in a dark shooting coat and trousers, and black hat, and carrying a light bundle under his arm.

     At present suspicion points to two men separately, and to one in particular, namely, William CLARKE, but who sometimes goes by the name of James BAKER, who is supposed to be a deserter from the Grenadier Guards. He is about 45 years of age, a native of Hayling Island, near Portsmouth, with a swarthy complexion, large black whiskers, and nearly six feet high. He is "a tramp" and has occasionally worked as "a navvy."  According to his own account, he has just recently been liberated from the prison at Wandsworth, where he was incarcerated four months for theft. Suspicion also attaches to a man named Robert PEELING, a returned transport, and a shoemaker by trade. He is about 24 years of age, and has lately been living in the neighbourhood of Cudham, but has suddenly disappeared.

Source:   The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Dec. 19, 1855, p. 12; Issue 22241, col. E.  [SDY]

     A rival to Alice Gray, and one to whom some of the discredit of that young lady's reputed performances should probably be attached, has turned up at Canterbury. She has appeared under various names - Mary Eliza SMITH, Matilda TREMAINE, or Mary Eliza CHIPPENDALE. She is short in stature, slight in figure, with gray eyes, having a cast in the left one, light brown hair, fair complexion, with an occasional flash, projecting under lip, and a hesitating manner in her speech. She appears to be about 30 years of age. She is well versed in the arts of deception, possessing perfect command of her countenance, and rarely betraying the slightest emotion. Her plan is to obtain, by some tale of distress, a footing in a family for a time, where she secures food and lodging during her stay, and decamps on being detected, but seldom without carrying off some article of easy conveyance. In this way it is believed she has been living for the last two or three years in different parts of England.

     At one time she represents herself as coming from Liverpool, and being the daughter or niece of a large navy agent there; that although not quite convinced, she is leaving the Protestant religion but is desirous of resolving her remaining doubts. At another time she stated that her father was a medical man residing in the vicinity of Dover, a member of the Baptist chapel there; that he wanted her to join that denomination, to which she was opposed, as she rather wished to turn Roman Catholic, and was then in search of a convent, having succeeded in getting out of her father's house at night, but that unfortunately, in doing so she fell into the waterbutt.

     In the early part of last year she obtained access to a cottage at Upper Harbledown, about three miles from Canterbury, and remained there some time, her first introduction being an appeal to the cottagers for shelter and protection, as a man had rudely assaulted her. She also visited the Catholic priest of the district, from whom she likewise obtained aid, and a note for Dr. Grant, of London.

     Her last statement, and the one upon which the superintendent apprehended her, is of an entirely different character. She is now an heiress in search of her grandmamma. In this character she called on a small shopkeeper, named EPPS, residing at Ospringe, near Faversham, on Friday last, and after a little conversation stated that she had left her father's house in consequence of having had some words with him; that the coachman took her to Maidstone, but on reaching that town she found that her friends had gone to Brighton; she was therefore under the necessity of walking to within three miles of Deal, where her grandmamma, whose name was LANE, resided at Belmont-hall. She also added, that in January next she would become entitled to three farms, which would yield her 3,000L. a-year, and that if EPPS liked she would place him in one of them.

     Her manner and statement completely effected their purpose; for the man and his wife instantly made her welcome to the best of their food and accommodation. The next morning the would-be "heiress", with a thoroughbred liver-coloured setter, which she had with her, were conveyed by omnibus to Canterbury, at the expense of Mrs. EPPS, who accompanied them, by invitation, to see the "grandmamma". Fortunately the keen eye of Superintendent WALKER detected his customer, and she was speedily in charge of the police. The magistrates remanded her for a week. On being conveyed to the gaol, she admitted that she was the person who obtained access to the house of a gentleman near Leeds, and remained there for three months, under the pretence that she was the niece of Dr. HOOK.

Source:   Illustrated London News 1858 Jul to Dec, p124  [SDY]

On Wednesday morning the "opening of the oyster season" by official authority, and in accordance with the civic regulations for the control of Billingsgate Market, took place at four o'clock.

There were from Rochester, Faversham, Whitstable, and other ports, sixteen vessels. These boats brought natives, south-deep pearls, cullies, barleys, and commons. The supply, riverborne, of this luscious mollucs, was very good.

The railway vans brought immense quantities from the beds at Blackwater, Mersea, Sollesbury, Colchester, Burnham, and other fishing Towns. Prices ranged as follows: - Best natives, G2.2s per bushell; inferior, 2GB; pearls, 14s; cullies, 12s to 14s; and commons, 10s to 12 s per bushel.

Source:   Liverpool Mercury etc (Liverpool, England), Saturday, December 1, 1860; Issue 3995.
At the revising barrister's court at Canterbury, William LEMAR, upwards of 70 years of age, swore that he had not received parochial relief during the preceding 12 months. The relieving officer having proved that he himself had given relief for three weeks, the old man was committed for trial for perjury.

Source:   The Leeds Mercury (Leeds, England), Tuesday, July 23, 1861; Issue 7293.  [SDY]

     On Friday afternoon, between one and two o'clock, a frightful and evidently premeditated murder was committed at New Barns, a hamlet within the parish of Town Malling, Kent.

     About seventeen years since a farm labourer, named John ATKINS, married at Brenchley, in this county, a respectable young woman, the daughter of a sawyer named WALKER, living with her parents at Mile Oak. The husband shortly after the marriage behaved very strangely, and was exceedingly jealous of his wife, but so far as has yet been learned, without cause. They moved about from place to place solely in consequence of the jealousy of the husband; and three or four months since they came to reside in one of three cottages on the estate of Mr. James GRAHAM, New Barns. ATKINS being employed on his estate. Here the husband appears to have behaved most brutally to his unfortunate wife. His fellow-workmen, knowing his foible, were base enough to irritate him by continually referring to his jealousy; and then he would go home and beat his wife and turn her out of doors.

     Mrs. ATKINS was the mother of thirteen children, of whom only three are surviving. She was confined with her last child about nine or ten weeks since, but, fortunately, the infant did not live. Three weeks ago the man had been plagued by the other workmen, and he went home and ill-used his wife, tearing successively no fewer than three dresses from her person, and at length turned her out of doors and threw a quantity of water over her. As usual, she sought refuge with her neighbours.

     On Friday afternoon ATKINS was in his cottage conversing with his wife and a neighbour. He seemed in a jocular mood, and pinched his wife's cheek, with the observation, "You know you have! You are a bad woman." The neighbour went into her own house and upstairs to dress; at the same time the only intimate of ATKIN's cottage {excepting himself and wife}, their youngest child, a girl, was upstairs putting on her shoes. Hearing her mother scream out, the child ran down, when she saw her father holding his wife by one hand, and in the other brandishing a pocket-knife. The girl ran to the neighbour's house and called for assistance, but could not get in, the door being fastened. The unfortunate woman was next seen to rush from her house to the door of the neighbour, to which she clung, bleeding profusely from the throat. The brutal husband followed her, and dragged her from the door. In the meantime Mrs. SMITH, the neighbour, a woman nearly seventy years of age, being much frightened, came out of her cottage, with the intention of going to Mrs. ATKINS' assistance, but the husband brandished the knife in her face, threatening to serve her in the same way if she interfered. Mrs. ATKINS staggered a short distance down the lane, and managed to scramble through a gap in the hedge into a field opposite the cottages, closely pursued by the husband. Here the parties were seen by a little boy struggling together, and here the fearful crime was completed.

     ATKINS then leaving the unfortunate woman in the field not quite dead returned to his cottage, took his wife's cap, and went to the door of the cottage, where he endeavoured to wipe up the blood. He then went indoors, locking the door after him. The alarm, however, had been given, and the house was closely watched by two men named WILLETT and PERCH. After a short time WILLETT left PERCH in charge to watch in the lane and prevent further violence, and went to Malling for the police and a medical man. Dr. POPE was speedily at the place, and on knocking at the door it was at once opened by the murderer, who had been busy wiping the blood from the floor and furniture. The body of Mrs. Atkins, who was then quite dead, was removed from the field to the house by WILLETT and PERCH, and it was found that she had been stabbed in the neck, and also severely cut in the left side of the throat. The cause of death was the stab, which had penetrated as far as the interior jugular vein. ATKINS was at once taken into custody, and was removed to the Town Malling police station. He was subsequently taken before Mr. SAVAGE, St. Leonard's-park, where, formal evidence having been adduced, he was remanded until Wednesday, and was removed to the Maidstone county prison.

     On the same afternoon an inquest was held, and the jury returned a verdict of "Wilful murder" against ATKINS, who will be tried next week at the assizes at Maidstone.

     The Morning Post's account states that he had been suffering from congestion of the brain, and that Dr. POPE had told his wife, only two hours before the murder, that he was not fit to be left. It adds:- "ATKINS next morning made the following statement, after having been duly cautioned by the superintendent: - 'I did it. I saw Barton looking through the window; and had Barton come in, he would have prevented it being done. Barton is always visiting my wife; I have found them in bed together. I am very sorry for what I done, but now it is too late.' "

Source:   The Leeds Mercury (Leeds, England), Saturday, August 9, 1862; Issue 7590.  [SDY]

(From our Correspondent.)

     It seems doubtful after all whether the death of the man named ELLIOTT, found shot in a field at Queenborough on Friday week, was caused by a wilful act, or was merely the result of an accident. The two persons apprehended (father and son, named JOHNSON) have occupied a respectable position as corn chandlers, and it is difficult to conceive how they could possibly have had any cause of animosity against the deceased, such as to lead them to take away his life. The police preserve a strict silence on the matter, but it is rumoured that the following will be found to be the true explanation of the occurrence - that the accused were out riding together in a cart, having a gun with them, when, seeing something moving in the hedge, and it being too dark for them to notice that it was a man, they fired; and that, on finding the serious results of the shot, they had dragged the body to where it was found, in order the better to avoid detection, as there was a chance of the body lying there for some time unobserved. It is known that the deceased went out on the evening in question to gather rabbits' victuals, as was his habit, and this would strengthen the above explanation. The inquest stands adjourned to Monday next, when additional light will doubtless be thrown on the affair.

Source:   The Era (London, England), Sunday, September 28, 1862; Issue 1253  [SF]
Reward for Saving Life at Margate -

One day last week, while a commissioned boatman at the Coast Guard Station, named BRAYBROOK, was on duty at the battery, his attention was attracted to a person bathing from one of the Pettman's Bathing Machines, who was calling out loudly for help, and he, BRAYBROOK, finding he could not get the boat belonging to the station launched in time to save him, hailed a boat out at sea, manned by Robert HYDE, Jr., who immediately rowed to the drowning man and succeeded in saving him from a watery grave, for he was only a half a head and his two hands above water, he was placed in a bathing machine, and having sufficiently recovered from his exhaustion, afterwards went away. For his exertions and for having actually saved his life, the drowning man presented the boatman with the munificent sum of "one shilling".

Source:   The Essex Standard, and General Advertiser for the Eastern Counties (Colchester, England), Friday, January 15, 1864; pg. [1]; Issue 1726.

LONDON & Margate.

The Half-Yearly General Meeting was held on Monday, 11th January, 1864, at the London Tavern.

BERIAH DREW, Esq., Treasurer, in the chair.

The minutes of the last General Meeting were read and confirmed. The President, Vice-Presidents, Committee, and Treasurer for the present year were appointed. The Annual Statement of Receipts and Expenditure was read, and ordered to be printed as usual.

The Meeting then proceeded to the Election of 40 children (23 boys and 17 girls) from a list of 74 candidates. The poll closed at 3 o'clock, and the successful candidates were ordered to be advertised in the usual manner. At the close of the day's proceedings a cordial vote of thanks was accorded to the Chairman.

The following gives the numbers polled for the 40 successful candidates:-

*DEWIS, Thomas 2,739.
*BAILY, Thomas 2,738.
*WILLIAMS, Thomas 2,736.
*SMITH, George 2,729.
*MASON, Arthur 2,721.
PARMENTER, Daniel 2,514.
WILSON, David 1,919.
DICKENS, James W. 1,884.
YOUNG, James H. 1,748.
JOHNSON, Samuel R. 1,737.
CULLEN, George 1,654.
HOWELL, William G. 1,611.
WOOD, Charles J. 1,607.
ANNISON, Thomas J. 1,576.
APPS, James S. 1,543.
CANSDALE, Charles 1,496.
LEGG, George 1,486.
SHINES, David 1,477.
BODMAN, George W. 1,368.
JUDE, William 1,268.
HINDLE, John 1,247.
DICKINSON, Henry 1,200.
NEWMAN, Edwin 1,139.
GIRLS. * OWEN, Hannah 2,739.
*ANCELL, Charlotte E. 2,739.
*CRAMP, Marianne W. 2,737.
*TODMAN, Adela J. 2,730.
GREGORY, Rebecca 2,471.
SHERMAN, Anne 1,836.
HALLAM, Mary A. 1,778.
CLEMENTS, Sarah R. 1,748.
TENNANT, Mary L. 1,698.
MASON, Mary A. 1,673.
MOAKES, Maria A. 1,665.
RUSSELL, Rachel 1,640.
DAWSON, Jane 1,451.
SEWELL, Sally 1,158.
SIMS, Elizabeth 1,118.
CURRIE, Emily J. 992.
CASSELL, Charlotte 765.

Those marked * would have been superannuated if they had not been chosen this time.

London Tavern, E.C., Jan. 11th 1864.

[N.B. As far as we can tell, by Googling, the Asylums were in The Old Kent Road, Southwark and 52, Victoria Road, St. Johns, Margate.]

Source:   Reynolds's Newspaper (London, England), Sunday, August 28, 1864; Issue 733.
A shocking accident occurred on Monday to a young man named KNIGHT, employed at the storekeeper's department of Woolwich Arsenal. It appears that while assisting in the removal of coals by the hydraulic machinery his leg by some means got entangled, and, being lifted up with the machinery, the flesh was torn from the limb in a frightful manner. The sufferer was removed to the infirmary.

Source:   Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 22nd November, 1864.  [Annie]
An epidemic has been raging for some time past at Woolwich. The most distressing cases have been among families connected with the Government departments of the Royal Arsenal and Dockyards. Mr. PARKYN, Deputy Superintendent of Military Stores, has lost four of his five children. Mr. STONE, a civil officer in the dockyard, has lost the whole of his children, three in number. The cause is supposed to be a malaria, occasioned by the northern outfall of the sewage at Barking-creek. At two-thirds flow the surface of the tide is covered with a dark pestiferous matter, proved to be a remnant of the outfall, cast back before the ebb is sufficiently swept away. After each receding tide, and when the flood begins to make its appearance, the atmosphere along the river becomes insupportable.

Source:   Lloyd's Weekly London Newspaper (London, England), Sunday, December 27, 1868, p. 7.  [SDY]

     On Wednesday morning, about a quarter to ten, an explosion of gunpowder took place at Messrs. Hall's Oare works, near Faversham, by which several men were severely burnt, but according to latest information none were killed. It appears that three millwrights were at work in a "press-house" which was under repair, and had been cleared of powder, at least so far as it is possible, when a small portion of dust took fire and the explosion occurred. Altogether nine men were injured, viz., Daniel ANDERSON, Oare, very seriously burnt; Thomas SMITH, of the Brents, also seriously burnt; and the following, who apparently were not so much hurt - W. WOOD, Luddenham; J. ATTAWAY, the Brents; W. SAUNDERS, Faversham; two brothers, named GUTTERIDGE, at Faversham, and W. ALLEN, Oare; W. MANOOCH, Faversham.

     Dr. SPYERS and Mr. William SPONG, surgeon, were immediately on the spot, and rendered temporary assistance till the men could be removed to their homes. The men were conveyed to their homes in a waggon belonging to the firm. It is almost exactly twelve months since the last explosion took place at these works, when eleven men were killed. A man named PEPPER who escaped on that occasion is said to have again had a narrow escape on Wednesday.

     One death is reported from this explosion. In the case of William WOOD reaction set in, and on Thursday afternoon the poor fellow expired after enduring much suffering.

Source:   Kentish Gazette, (Kent, England), 19th November 1870  [SF]
Margate - Attempted Suicide

     On the 6th instant, a young woman named Emma HUNT, a servant in the employ of Mr. CLARKE, of Dane Hill Cottage, attempted self destruction by throwing herself from the cliff. It appears that on the following morning at about one o'clock, a coast guardsman name Walter PADBURY was on duty between Mr PETTMAN's bathing establishment (for ladies only) and the Newgate Coastguard Station, and that he saw some dark clothing lying at the waters edge. On finding that it was a young woman, he attempted to arouse her, and enquired as to how she came there. She ejaculated "Oh, how cruel How cruel!" but appeared to be ignorant of what had transpired after she left church the previous evening. He obtained assistance, and she was then removed to the station, where she was attended with great kindness by Mr. and Mrs. HART.

     Subsequently that aid of the police was secured, and the young woman was identified as being Mr. CLARKE'S servant, that gentleman having previously given information that she had absented herself from home, and requested that if she should be seen she should be taken to his residence. She was removed accordingly, and medical assistance was obtained. Dr. PITTOCK and Mr. TREVES finding that she had fractured her right thigh and received other but less serious injuries, viz., two slight wounds under her chin, a cut on her knee and a bruise on her arm, which were caused, it is supposed, by coming in contact with ragged portions of the rocks.

     She is still alive, but we regret that we cannot say she is progressing favourably, as her medical advisers fear that she has sustained some serious internal injuries. No cause has been assigned for the perpetration of the rash act.

Source:   Kebles Margate Gazette, (Kent, England), - 6th January 1871  [SF]
Disgruntled of Margate!!!

The Attempt at Suicide Over the Cliff

To the Editor.

SIR - It will no doubt be in your recollection that about two months or so ago, a young girl, in the service of a gentleman residing on the Fort, was found beneath the cliff in that vicinity, in an insensible condition and severely injured, having (as was reported at the time) attempted to commit suicide. She was taken to her master's house and the public have heard little of the case since, excepting reports time to time that she was getting better. Some of the wiseacres of Margate, when the subject was mooted, shrugging their shoulders and with a knowing shake of the head, hinted that they "could if they would" and so on. Now, Sir, I do not put much faith in the malignant and vague insinuations of this kind; but to say the least it is very strange that the public have indisputable right to claim, a public enquiry in this case, or demand a satisfactory explanation why this particular case should be exempted from the legal course usually taken in such matters. In my opinion there is also another reason why a public enquiry should be courted, and that is it is only to have the effect of setting at rest those malignant insinuations which were rife at the time of the occurrence.

Consider table time has now elapsed since the occurrence but as far as I can remember no public explanation has yet been given, and the circumstances involved certainly demand that or an enquiry. Trusting that some such will be given.

I remain, Sir, Yours etc.
Margate, 3rd January 1871

Source:   The Illustrated Police News etc (London, England), Saturday, September 6, 1873; Issue 499.  [SDY]

     The bargeman, Thomas ATKINS, suspected of the murder of Police Constable MAY, at Snodland, has been arrested at Kingsdown, a village about fourteen miles from London, by Police-constable ARDON, of the county constabulary.

     On Friday, Superintendent HULSE, of the Malling division received information that two boys and a girl, while gleaning in a field near Birling Leas Wood, saw a man whom one of them knew to be ATKINS, run across the open into a smaller wood close at hand. He had no hat, but appeared to have a handkerchief wrapped round his head. They noticed that he was dressed in a pilot jacket and light trousers, which so far accorded with the description of the murderer's dress. Upon receipt of this information two detachments of police were at once sent in search, one taking the Birley and the other the Wrotham-side of the wood. Forced from his retreat, probably by thunder the man made his way early on Saturday morning to the Horse and Groom at Stansted, where he begged for bread. There he was recognised by an ostler who caused information to be sent to the police at Wrotham. The prisoner then proceeded along the road to Kingsdowne, the police being shortly afterwards upon his track. He was again recognised by a carrier from London, named HAYES, who at once turned back and gave information at Kingsdowne to Police-constable ARDON. This officer met ATKINS and took him into custody. He made no resistance whatever, and only asked to be allowed to eat some bread and cheese which he had in his pocket, remarking that he had not tasted food for several days.

     He was removed to Malling, and was brought before the Hon. R. P. Nevill at the Police-court, and charged with the murder of Police-constable MAY. When the charge was read the prisoner made no reply. Superintendent HULSE then made the following statement: - He said the prisoner was brought to the station between nine and ten o'clock that morning. Witness took from him all the clothes he had, and then told him he was charged with the murder of Police-constable MAY, at Snodland, on the previous Sunday. His only reply was "So the constable has told me." About an hour afterwards witness received a message that the prisoner wished to see him. He went to the cell where he was and finding that he was about to say something with reference to the charge witness told him that such statement would be used in evidence against him. He hesitated for a moment, and then said, "I was lying along by the road and the constable came and shook me. I got up, and he then struck me on the head with his staff, and made the wound you see here (pointing to his head, which bore a contused wound). We struggled together and fell through the hedge into a field. We continued the struggle there. I took the constable's staff from him and hit him about the head with it. I afterwards threw the staff away - I don't know where, I should not have done it if the constable had not interferred with me. That is the truth." The prisoner, who confirmed the above statement before the magistrate, was then formally committed to Maidstone Gaol. The further examination will not take place for some days.

     When taken into custody the prisoner wore a round-about hat, which, it was stated, was given to him while in the wood by a man who had also supplied him with food. His clothes were much stained with blood, which he had endeavoured to conceal by washing it out, but failing this he had rubbed those parts out with chalk. Previous to the arrest of the prisoner a reward of £100 had been offered for information leading to his apprehension. ATKINS is a native of Malling, lately employed in the Burham brickfields. He is about twenty-six years of age, and rather good-looking. His cap and one brace were found in the field where the body of the policeman was discovered. The capture, adds our correspondent, is regarded with great satisfaction throughout the district.


     The Rev. J. Gasperd L. M. CAREY, Rector of Snodland, makes the following appeal on behalf of the widow and children: - "Sir, - The murder of a police constable is happily an event of rare occurrence. Such a thing has never happened before in the county of Kent. Poor MAY is the first and only one of the county constabulary who has met with so lamentable an end. That he was a man as good as he was brave needs no insurance after the overwhelming scene at the funeral on Thursday last. No one could ever forgot it. But it needs to be known that his widow is in every way worthy of her devoted husband. She has given much remarkable proofs of an obedience and forbearance during her severe trial. Forbidden by the medical men to see the body when it was first discovered, she at once returned home without a murmur. Forbidden again, after the inquest, to see more than it was thought right to show her of the mangled form so dear to her, she acquiesced. Forbidden to have the remains in her house, as she desired, she patiently submitted. Forbidden even to attend the funeral, lest the sight of our universal mourning should prove too much for her, she resigned that last pleasure also. This brave woman has three children, and it is but a little thing to ask that neither he nor her children should ever know want. I feel that I may beg every family in this favoured country to mark their sense of MAY's devotion by a [one illegible word] subscription to the fund which is being raised in aid of his widow and her children."

Source:   The Illustrated Police News etc (London, England), Saturday, September 27, 1873, Issue 502.  [SDY]

On Saturday night, between eleven and twelve o'clock, two hop-pickers named James and Sarah GORMAN, husband and wife, recently employed in the hop-grounds of Mr. HYLES, of Maidstone, left Mereworth, and went along the road towards East Peckham, in the direction of the hopper-house in which they had been living. They were heard quarrelling between one and two o'clock on Sunday morning, and at five the woman was found lying insensible in the road, with her husband standing near to her. Her ribs were broken in, some of them having penetrated almost to the heart, and her body bore other marks of violence. She was taken to one of the hopper-houses and remained unconscious unto two o'clock in the afternoon when she died. The police were communicated with, and the husband was apprehended. A man named FOORD was the person who found the woman lying by the side of the road, and he states that the husband said to him, "Look here, George, what a man has done." pointing to his wife.

     The husband, after his arrest, moaned continuously, repeating the words "Oh, my poor wife," over and over again. The man is a pensioner from the Royal Marines, and the deceased is his second wife. He is about forty-five years of age, and slightly built. He was brought before the Hon. and Rev. E. V. BLIGH (in the chair), the Hon. and Rev. Sir Francis STAPLETON, Bart., and the Hon. B. P. NEVILL on Monday afternoon, and charged with the wilful murder of his wife at Mereworth on the 21st September.

     In answer to the charge the prisoner said he never raised his hand against her. He was cautioned against making any further statements at present, and the following evidence was then taken: - Police-constable Richard MILLER, stationed at Mereworth, said that on the morning of Sunday, the 21st September, at about half-past one, he heard a noise along the road leading from Mereworth to Tonbridge. This was near the post office. He went to the place and saw the prisoner and a woman. The woman was sitting by the side of the road and the man was standing near her. They were quarrelling, and witness told the man he had better go home, and take the woman with him. They then left off disputing, and witness, who had heard of a case of robbery elsewhere, left the place. Witness afterwards saw a woman lying dead, whom he recognised as the one he had seen in the road. The body was covered with bruises.

     Police-sergeant BATES said he was sent for to go to one of the hopper houses at Briars' Hall Farm, Mereworth, on Sunday morning, at about half-past seven. He reached there a few minutes after eight, and found a woman lying nearly dead. From what he had been told he arrested the prisoner, whom he found sitting upon a heap of bricks near to the oast-house. His clothes were much stained with blood, and there was also blood upon one of his boots. On the way to the police-station he said he was innocent of the charge, and had not laid a hand upon her. Superintendent EALSE [sic] said that if the magistrates would consent to remand the prisoner, there would be ample evidence forthcoming to warrant them in committing him for trial, and a remand was accordingly granted.

Source:   The Penny Illustrated Paper and Illustrated Times (London, England), Saturday, April 25, 1874, pg. 267; Issue 659.

A contemporary (Kebble's Gazette, St. John, Margate) published, a few weeks ago, what it termed A Literary Curiosity, accompanied by the following introductory remarks: - We give a poem containing every letter of the English alphabet excepting E. It is a question whether any other poem could be produced like it, as letter E is the most used vowel in the English language.

A country swain may rack his brain,

And tax his fancy's might;

And quiz in vain,

for it is plain,

That what I say is right.

A correspondent of ours (H. B. WORTH, author of Stray Leaves), replies: -


A zany, daft, might think it so;

But contrary to that I know,

Quaint is your song,

but lax of truth

- Vain ground,

St. John, pray scan this proof."

Source:   Iron (London, Middlesex), Saturday, July 04, 1874, p. 20  [SDY]


#2062, S. J. MACKIE, 3, Delahay Street, Westminster, C. A. FAURE, 44, South Road, Faversham, and G. TRENCH, Broomfield House, Oare, Faversham, Kent. Improvements in the manufacture of explosive compounds and of blasting charges for mining and other purposes.


#2042. J. E. WILSON, Bromley, Kent. Propelling vessels.

Source:   The Illustrated London News, Saturday, August 1, 1874, p. 115, col. B.  [SDY]
An experiment in aerostation was made at Woolwich on Saturday last. A large balloon, belonging to Mr. COXWELL, was inflated at the Arsenal, and fitted with a steering apparatus, invented by a gentleman named BOWDLER. A successful ascent and descent were made, but the apparatus failed to guide the balloon as intended, though it was found capable of making it rise and revolve either to the right or left.

Source:   The Star 21st August 1877  [SF]
Stabbing On Board a Margate Steamer

     On Thursday, the Hilda steamboat left Margate at 8:30 with a large number of passengers, on her return voyage to Thomas Haven. As dinner was being removed a scuffle was heard in the stewards' pantry and a cry "Oh oh, he has stabbed me!".  The under-steward then ran out and fell on deck bleeding profusely.

     It appears that for some days there had existed a feud between the under-steward and the head waiter and that yesterday it culminated in the former striking the latter with a heavy blow on the mouth. This so exasperated the waiter that in a moment of passion he pursued the steward, and with a carving knife, as he ascended the stairs, first stabbed him in the hip and then cut him on the back of his thigh. The captain at once ordered the waiter to be secured and he was bound with rope and confined in one of the cabins. The steward was taken to the forcastle and his wounds were bound up by a surgeon, Mr. Kennedy of Plaistow, who happened to be on on board.

     Once or twice it was thought the man was sinking and the Rev. P. J. Turquand of Walworth, who was also a passenger, spoke to him and offered prayer. The waiter who had inflicted the injury was taken in charge by the police at Plaistow and the injured man now lies in the London Hospital.

Source:   Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper (London, England), Sunday, October 6, 1878; Issue 1872.  [SF]
Another Fatal Accident at Margate.

     Another shocking accident had occurred at Margate through the unprotected state of its cliffs. The body of a man of about 45, medium stature, black hair and red beard was, on Tuesday morning, found behind the wheels of a bathing machine at the ladies bathing place. The bones of the left wrist protruded, and many bruises appeared on the face and body, indicating that he had fallen over the cliff.

     If death were not instantaneous, the high tide which had flowed over the body completed the sad work. The walk to the Flagstaff is one of the most enjoyable at Margate and is much frequented by visitors, but with the exception of a common hurdle here and there it is unprotected and the utmost anxiety is felt by those who risk the walk with children. Two young men fell over at about the same spot a few weeks since, one being killed and the other crippled.

Source:   Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper (London, England), Sunday, February 22, 1880; Issue 1944.

     Mr. Edgar PICKERING and Alderman FAGG, were charged at Margate on Wednesday with assaulting Councillor MUNNS. It appears Mr. PICKERING considered that his father had been insulted by the complainant, and he accordingly struck him in the street with a cane. Alderman FAGG separated them, and it was alleged that he used unnecessary violence in so doing. Mr. PICKERING was fined 1 shilling and costs, and the summons against Alderman FAGG was dismissed. Yesterday, Mr. Samuel MUNNS was bound over to keep the peace for three months towards Mr. Edgar PICKERING. After leaving Court on Wednesday the defendant in the present case threatened to assault Mr. PICKERING.

Source:   The Dundee Courier & Argus (Dundee, Scotland), Saturday, January 01, 1881; pg. [ 1 ] ; Issue 8567.
The Tyrolean Music Box, Two Shillings; post free 27 stamps. Eight Tunes. Size 7-1/2 inches by 2-1/2 inches. In a strong, polished, Wood Case, with German Silver Fittings, simplified action, constructed on a new principle to play Operatic and Song, with the following Tunes: -Home, Sweet Home,- Hold the Fort, - The Last Rose of Summer,- The Minstrel Boy, - Mollie Darling, - The Blue Danube Waltz,- My Love she's but a Lassie yet, - Meet me in the Lane, Love, - Perhaps she's on the Railway. Two for 48 stamps. J. B. PILLINGER, 2, York Street, Ramsgate.

Source:   The Dundee Courier & Argus (Dundee, Scotland), Saturday, January 01, 1881; pg. 1; Issue 8567.
One Shilling, post free 15 stamps, the American Pocket Timepiece (Patented.) Size of an ordinary watch; in handsome chased oroide gold case; steel work; balanced action; enamelled dial; glass dome. Each donates correct time, and is warranted for two years. Caution: To be procured only from the undersigned. All orders executed by return post. J. B. PILLINGER, 2, York Street, Ramsgate.

Source:   Kebles Gazette, 29th January 1881.  [SF]

     Maria CORK, Charlotte Place, was summoned for having used offensive language calculated to cause a breach of the peace to Daniel CORK, her husband. Defendant failed to appear. P.C. Penfold proved serving the summons on the defendant personally, who said she had never been to this court and she did not think she would come. He gave her to understand that she would have to come. He gave her to understand that she would have to come. She appeared sober at the time. A warrant was issued for apprehension.


     Maria CORK, was brought up in custody charged with having unlawfully used threatening language towards her husband Daniel CORK, calculated to provoke a breach of the peace. Complainant said he lived in Charlotte Place and was a shoemaker. On the 25th January he went out and made some purchases for a beef pudding; when he came back, defendant put the meat in a saucepan by itself. He told her he did not want it stewed but made into a pudding. She then struck him with her hand, but the blow did not hurt him much. They had lived together eight or nine years. The language was so bad he did not like to repeat it. Defendant said she was very sorry for what had occurred. The Bench dismissed the case, the Chairman remarking that they did not consider the case proved, and advising the parties to live peacefully together.

Source:   Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle etc., Saturday, December 24, 1881; 5154.
The Board of Guardians for the Isle of Wight Union, were offered, and accepted, Christmas presents for the inmates, including:-

A parcel of illustrated papers, from Miss Margaret ANSON, Elm Hill, Hawkhurst, Kent.

Source:   The Belfast News-Letter (Belfast, Ireland), Monday, October 30, 1882; Issue 20996.

     Soon after half-past eleven on Friday night, a most disastrous fire broke out in Margate. The Royal Assembly Rooms, the vicarage, and four other houses adjoining, the whole forming one side of Cecil Square and portion of Cecil Street, were entirely destroyed. The Margate fire brigade were quickly on the spot, and were subsequently assisted by brigades from Ramsgate, St. Peter's, and Broadstairs; but their services were somewhat neutralised by insufficient supply of water.

     One of Ramsgate brigade men, named BROOKMAN, fell from a ladder, and was so seriously injured that he had to be conveyed to the Cottage Hospital. The fire is supposed to have originated in the billiard-room or premises at the rear of the Assembly Rooms. The damage is estimated at about £60,000.

     A telegram from Margate last evening states that several fresh outbreaks of fire occurred since the morning. Coastguardsmen have demolished the tottering walls, which quite blocked Queen Street. About forty people have been rendered homeless by the disaster, and have lost nearly everything except the clothing upon them.

Source:   The Newcastle Courant, etc., Friday November 3, 1882; Issue 10844.

     On Saturday a most destructive fire occurred at Margate, with the result that the whole of the south side of Cecil Square has been gutted. The fire broke out in the Assembly Rooms, occupied by Mr. H. E. DAVIES, captain of the Fire Brigade, well known as a favourite resort of George IV. An electioneering meeting in support of Captain DAVIES' candidature for the Town Council had previously been held. Flames were seen issuing from the Assembly Rooms' roof, which quickly spread, a strong wind blowing at the time. The Royal Hotel adjoining, and a large ladies' school, belonging to Miss SMART, with four other large houses completed the square, one being the Vicarage, and two others occupied by Captain SWINFORD and Mr. COBB, head of the banking firm of COBB & Co., was speedily in flames.

     The vicar and his family escaped only in night dresses and overcoats. The Margate, Westgate, Broadstairs, and Ramsgate engines were soon on the spot. One of the Ramsgate men, named BROOKMAN, fell from his ladder, and was so seriously injured that he had to be conveyed to the Cottage Hospital. All the buildings and furniture and stock of the Assembly Rooms were insured. The fire is supposed to have originated either in the billiard room or premises at the rear of the Assembly Rooms. Fortunately, no lives were lost, but the damage is believed to amount to £50,000 or £60,000, the greater part of which is covered by insurance.

Source:   Otago Witness (New Zealand), Issue 1620, 9 December 1882, Page 6.  [SF]
Sir Erasmus WILSON has presented to the Margate Royal Sea Bathing Infirmary a new wing of the infirmary, to be named the Erasmus Wing, which he has built at a cost of over £30,000. The wing includes two large day rooms and four dormitories, each to contain sixteen beds, with a swimming bath capable of containing 15,000 gallons of sea water.

Source:   Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper (London, Middlesex), Sunday, December 24, 1882, p. 12.  [SDY]
GREENWICH. The Board of Works and the Lewisham Tradesmen.

James William BENJAMIN and Alexander LUCK, tradesmen, were summoned, at the instance of the Metropolitan Board of Works for wilfully damaging a boarding enclosing a dangerous structure at Lewisham, the property of the Board. It appears a thoroughfare, known as the High-pavement, Lee, had been condemned by the district surveyor as unsafe, in consequence of its bridging the river Quaggy for a distance of about a hundred yards, and its giving way. It is alleged it was improperly constructed. The Board, who would be liable under the Dangerous Structures Act for any accident which might occur, erected there a boarding 80 feet long and 8 feet high. There is a line of shops at the thoroughfare in question, and the only provision made in their behalf is a narrow passage to the several doors, the shop fronts being entirely obscured. The defendants were proved to have pulled down the boarding, and hence the summons. The defendant LUCK said the Board were carrying on a system of "Boycotting," and he intended to bring an action for compensation. The case was ultimately adjourned, after undertaking not to interfere in the meantime.

Source:   Daily News (London, England), Wednesday, August 15, 1883; Issue 11649.
EDUCATION (Little Boys)---

Mr. PALMER, Nelson College, Newstead-road, Lee, Kent. Inclusive terms from 20 guineas; 42 lofty rooms, built for the College; large recreation grounds and covered gymnasium; diet unlimited; baths. Seven resident masters and governesses. Public exams.

Source:   Northern Echo (Darlington, England), Saturday, October 27, 1883; Issue 4275.

Dover, Friday Night. - Mr. COPEMAN was successful this morning in launching his seat raft in Dover Harbour, and in the presence of a large number of people, and accompanied by five persons, left on the attempt to cross the Channel. A telegram from Calais states that he arrived there safely this afternoon.

Source:   The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld.: 1866 - 1939), Saturday, 27 October, 1883. Page 676.
This inscription on the grave of Richard JOY, of St. Peter's Church, near Broadstairs, may have been entered on the list in the past, but we are adding it as an item from the above mentioned newspaper under the heading :-


In memory of Mr. Richard JOY (called the Kentish Sampson), who died 8th May 1742, aged 67.
Herculean Hero, famed for strength,

At last lies here his breadth and his length,

See how the mighty man is fallen,

To death ye strong and weak are all one,

And the same judgment doth befall

Goliath great as David small.

Source:   Not stated  [SF]
Old Time Business: -

     Established 77 years ago, the old wine firm Wastall Ltd. has recently undergone a change in the directorate following the death of Mr. E. G. WASTALL, whose grandfather founded the business. The family interest in the firm is still being retained, for two daughters of the late Mr. WASTALL have became governing directors.

     The new directorate consists of Mr. F. EASTLAND (managing director) who has been with the firm for 52 years, Mrs. SPURRIER and Miss H. WASTALL (governing directors) and Mr. F. MAY and Mr. H. SPURRIER (directors).

     Mr. MAY has been connected with the business for 34 years and has managed the Margate premises for 24 years.

     The business was started at Margate but had since spread its wings to Westgate on Sea, Birchington, Herne Bay (two branches), Beltinge, Whitstable and Dymchurch.

     There is an interesting bin of wine in the Margate cellars. It is labelled "The property of the Mayor of Margate" and was bottled by the firm in 1926 to commemorate the election of Mrs. M. H. S. HATFEILD, as Margate's first woman Mayor.

     It was given to the Mayor and Corporation with the suggestion that is should not be opened for 20 years!.

Source:   Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), Monday, 30 March 1885, issue 4954.  [SDY]

Messrs. Charles PRICE and Co.'s oil mills, Belvedere, Kent, covering 12 acres of ground, and valued at £200,000 were entirely destroyed by fire on Sunday. The smoke extended three miles, and attracted about 20,000 persons. The fire originated by spontaneous combustion. The fire engines were useless, and the fire was allowed to burn itself out. The works were the largest oil refining mills in England. Fifty tanks full and 1,000 barrels of oil were burnt.

Source:   Berrow's Worcester Journal (Worcester, England), Saturday, July 18, 1885, pg.6; Issue 10005.
There was an interesting ceremony at Folkestone parish church on Wednesday, on the re-interment of the remains of ST. EANSWITTE, daughter of KING EADBALD, one of the Saxon Kings of Kent, who died in the seventh century, and whose coffin was discovered a few weeks ago. Many eminent antiquaries agree as to the identity of the remains.

Source:   The Era (London, England), Saturday, August 1, 1885; Issue 2445.

The concerts for which this popular resort has now become famous are again in full swing, and drawing very largely. BERTRAM, the noted campanologist, does big things; and Tom PLEON, by his masterly manipulations of the banjo, is quite a host in himself; while Bob GATES' stump orations create infinite amusement. Miss Carrie WILSON, serio, also charms; and the manager, John OVENDEN, sings some rollicking songs.

Source:   The Era (London, England), Saturday, October 9, 1886; Issue 2507.

On Monday evening, the 30th ult., at the Harp Music Hall, Ramsgate, the proprietor appeared on stage and presented the chairman, Mr. John OVENDEN, with a handsome diamond ring in recognition of his services for fourteen years in the capacity of chairman, and also his ability as a topical vocalist.

Source:   Illustrated Police News etc (London, England), Saturday, October 30, 1886; Issue 1185.
At Canterbury, early one morning last week, a Dover gentleman, named RUGG, who was on a visit to that city, made a desperate leap from the bedroom window of a house where he was staying. He fell about forty feet, and broke a thigh and an arm, besides sustaining other injuries. He was removed to the Kent and Canterbury Hospital.

Source:   Lloyd's Weekly News (London, Middlesex), Sunday, January 16, 1887, p. 12.  [SDY]

     Yesterday, George SMITH of Giffen-street, Deptford, broke his leg on alighting from a tramcar in motion.

     Yesterday, James SMITH, 40 of 312, St. Leonard's-road, Bromley, was accommodated in Poplar hospital, having had his head seriously injured by a baulk of timber while unloading a ship in the West India docks.

     Yesterday, a man, whose name is unknown, was admitted to the Woolwich infirmary in an insensible condition, having been knocked down and run over by a horse and cart driven by Mr. James KEMP, fishmonger, 32, Ramley-terrace, King William-street, Greenwich. No hopes are entertained of his recovery. He is a man about 54 years of age, 5ft. 4in. high, with brown hair and whiskers, turning grey. He was dressed in a black coat and vest, and is believed to be deaf.

Source:   Lloyd's Weekly News (London, Middlesex), Sunday, January 16, 1887, p. 12.  [SDY]

The Difficulties of Preserving Game.-

     Frederick PIERCE, of 82, Cold Bath-street, Greenwich, was summoned for trespassing in search of game on the land of Mr. George RUSSELL, at Plumstead-marshes.

     John MONTAGUE said he was a keeper in the employ of the North Kent Coursing club. On Sunday morning, the 9th inst. he heard the report of a gun, and on going towards the spot saw the defendant walk the field and tread out a hare, at which he discharged one barrel of a double-barreled gun. He pulled the second hammer, but the cap snapped. The leg of the hare was broken by the defendant's shot. Witness crept along a ditch up to his middle in water till he got within 20 yards of the defendant, and going up to him asked what he was doing there. He replied that he did not know he was doing any harm. Witness told him he saw him shoot at a hare, and that he must give his name and address or go with him. They walked towards the high road, and meeting a constable, the latter took the defendant's name, etc. The defendant had in the meantime taken his gun to pieces, and put the stock into an inside pocket. He was fined 40s. and 2s. costs.

Source:   The Era (London, England), Saturday, August 13, 1887; Issue 2551.

Proprietress, E. CARR.

Grand Company, Aug. 15th, and during the Week: - Carl HERZ, the King of Cards; Harry RANDALL, First-class Vocal Comedian; BROS. EDGAR, Instrumental Niggers [sic]; Marie LE BLANC, the celebrated Serio; Frances COVENTRY, Serio and Dancer; SISTERS KENT, Duettists; John OVENDEN, Topical Vocalist. The most Popular Resort in Ramsgate.

Source:   The Era (London, England), Saturday, October 15, 1887; Issue 2560.

The Harp Music Hall, Ramsgate was crowded on Friday last week, the occasion being the fourteen annual benefit of the worthy manager, Mr. J. OVENDEN, who has made himself generally liked and respected for his courtesy and business ability. He was presented by the proprietress, Miss E. CARR, with a substantial token of esteem in the shape of a magnificent gold buckle ring set with diamonds.

Source:   The Era (London, England), Saturday, October 27, 1888; Issue 2614.
DOVER CATCH CLUB, 103d Season.

WANTED, Sopranos, Contraltos, Tenors, and Baritone Singers, for the above Concerts, held on Thursday evenings, commencing Nov. 29th next. Ladies and Gentlemen wishing to be engaged at the above are invited to send their names and addresses, stating lowest terms (including all expenses), to J. Ushborne TERSON, Hon. Secretary and Treasurer, Riverside House, Dover.

Source:   The Era (London, England), Saturday, October 27, 1888; Issue 2614.
     WANTED, Engagement, as Musical Director (Pianist). Last Two Years (and now on Tour) with Miss Sarah THORNE. Wallace PRINGLE, Theatre Royal, Margate.

     WANTED, Engagement as Solo Cornet, just finished Five Months' Season at Theatre Royal, Margate. Good reference. Can join at once. Address, J. WHITFIELD, 25, St. John's-road, Margate.

Source:   Ashburton Guardian, (New Zealand), Volume VII, Issue 2137, 29 May 1889, Page 2.
Joseph SUTHERLAND, who was a powder-boy on board the vessel which first brought to England the news of Nelson's victory at Trafalgar, has just attained his 100th year at Milton, Sittingbourne. He has good health and has all his faculties intact.

Source:   The Era (London, England), Saturday, August 10, 1889; Issue 2655.
Mr. John OVENDEN the Ramsgate Comedian, will commence a long Provincial Tour Oct. 7th, by the Man on the Spot. Vento's, Portsmouth: York, Southampton; Days', Birmingham; Varieties, Leeds; Oxford, Middlesborough; Thornton's, Shields and Sunderland; Gaiety, Glasgow; People's, Newcastle; and Empire, Hull. Sole Agents, Oliver and Healey, 44, Waterloo-road, S.E.

Source:   Kebles Gazette, 18th Jan 1890.  [SF]

On Wednesday afternoon as a woman named OSBORNE, the wife of William OSBOURNE, living at Solly's Court, was getting into one of the seats in the gallery at the Theatre Royal, she slipped and fell, splintering the small bone of one of her legs. Mr. J. EASTLAND, a member of the St. John's Ambulance Corps was quickly in attendance and having splinted and bandaged the injured leg, he conveyed the sufferer to her home, as she declined to go to the Cottage Hospital. However, the medical gentleman who was called in to attend to the injured woman thought her removal to the Cottage Hospital advisable and she was subsequently taken to the Institution by Officer TROUGHTON and Mr. EASTLAND on the ambulance.

Source:   Bowral Free Press and Berrima District Intelligencer (New South Wales, Australia: 1884 - 1901), Wednesday 9 July 1890, p. 4.  [SDY]
Women as Misers.

Some weeks ago a female miser died at Faversham. Her name was Frances WARD, her age 72 years at the time of her death. Twenty-two years ago she came into considerable property on the death of her father. Since then she lived alone in St. John's Villa, only taking her walks abroad when her rents fell to be collected. She was never known to change money, and was nicknamed in the district "the old miser".

When the police searched the house after her death it was found in an indescribable state of filth, the dust of twenty years lying on some furniture, which had once been handsome. Stuffed into odd corners was found nearly £300, including £68 in gold, 2. 6d. in silver, a cheque for £15, one £50 note, two £20 notes, three £10 notes, and sixteen £5 notes. In addition to these, there were hidden in out-of-the-way corners, some cheques that never had been cashed, as well as the title-deeds of some valuable property.

Source:   Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper (London, England), Sunday, October 26, 1890; Issue 2501.
Wanted, Immediately.

At the DARENTH SCHOOLS for IMBECILES, near Dartford, Kent, a MARRIAGE COUPLE, to take charge of the Laundry attached to the Schools. Wages £30 per annum to the husband, and £30 per annum to the wife, both with board, lodging, washing, and uniform. Candidates must be able to read and write, and not exceed 40 years of age, and must have had previous experience of Steam Laundry Work in Public Institutions. Printed forms, upon which only applications will be received, may be obtained at the Offices of the Metropolitan Asylums Board, Norfolk House, Norfolk-street, Strand, W.C., where such forms duly filled up, and accompanied by copies of recent testimonials, are to be delivered by or before 4 o'clock p.m. on Monday, the 3rd November, 1890. Selected candidates will be written to.

23rd October, 1890.

Source:   The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 - 1893)(about) Previous issue Tuesday 3 March 1891, p. 7
The Severe Winter in Europe.

A Village under water in Kent.

The watershed of the Rowley Valley, which runs into Faversham Creek, overflowed on January 21, and houses at Ospringe village were flooded. The inmates were aroused shortly after midnight, and men partly clothed carrying women and children to places of safety had to wade through the water up to their armpits, the ice freezing to their garments. Meanwhile furniture and food were floating in all directions, and the force of the water tore up the pavement. A woman who was ill in bed is reported to be missing. The flood appears to have arisen, not from the overflow of a reservoir, but from the temporary thaw and heavy rain on the neighbouring hills. The flood in some places rose to a height of 6 feet.

Source:   Warwick Examiner and Times (Queensland, Australia: 1867 - 1919), Wednesday 25 March 1891, p. 3.
Late English Items.

The late thaw was general in Great Britain and abroad. The heavy rains and melting snow caused rather serious floods on the Continent and in the Canterbury district. At the village of Ospringe people who were rendered homeless and destitute through the flooding of their houses slept in the Congregational Church, where food was supplied to them.

Source:   Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld.: 1878 - 1954), Wednesday 25 March 1891, p. 6.  [SDY]
Arctic Weather in England

(Home papers, January 24.)

     On Wednesday a deplorable fatality befell a family in humble circumstances at Newington, two miles north of Sandgate, [Newington by Hythe], owing to the lengthened frost and sudden thaw. Early on Wednesday morning, while the north-west wind was blowing a hurricane some hundreds of tons of mould fell from a hill at the foot of which was an old cottage of one floor. In this house a family of six were in their beds, and the landslip swept the cottage and the occupants across the main road into a field thirty yards below. After considerable difficulty a boy eight years of age succeeded in escaping through the roof, and got out his two sisters, aged respectively ten years and one year and eight months. Although much bruised, this plucky little fellow snatched up the baby and carried it into the nearest house, occupied by a Mr. MOUNT. Mr. MOUNT went to the spot and called for the father, but getting no answer summoned the county police at Chereton [sic: Cheriton]. Sergeant HOAD and Constable WALLS, with other assistants, proceeded to the spot, and after digging for a considerable time discovered three of the inmates dead, namely the husband, wife, and child aged four months. All were very much crushed.

     A landslip occurred on Wednesday on the Elham Valley line, killing two people. It caused a stoppage of traffic.

     On Tuesday night a flood occurred at Ospringe, near Faversham, the water pouring into the houses, the inmates of which had to flee for safety without having time to dress or carry off any property. The men, who removed the women and children, carrying them on their shoulders, had to wade through the icy water up to their armpits, while pieces of furniture, food, and other property floated in every direction. A woman who was ill was reported missing.

Source:   Bruce Herald, Volume XXII, Issue 2252, 31 March 1891, Page 4.  [SDY]

     Owing to thaws and heavy rain on the neighboring hills a serious flood has occurred at Ospringe, near Faversham, Kent, the houses being inundated. The water rose shortly after midnight, and the inmates had to flee without having time to dress or secure their valuables. The men removed the women and children, carrying them on their shoulders, having to wade through icy water up to their armpits. A woman who was ill is reported to be missing. Furniture and other property is floating in all directions. Fire engines and hand pumps are being employed to clear the water from the houses. Some of the poor cottagers carried their pigs and other live stock upstairs in the night before the flood was at its worst, but many could not be reached, and these unfortunate creatures have been drowned. Great destruction has been done.

[N.B. There was an earlier report from January, 1891 in another newspaper concerning the heavy snow having stranded at train at Faversham.]

Source:   The Ipswich Journal (Ipswich, England), Saturday, August 22, 1891; Issue 9302.
A novel attempt was made on Monday to swim from Folkestone to Dover by Enoch TAYLOR, a professional swimmer, belonging to Yorkshire. TAYLOR had his hands and feet tied, and in this way attempted to accomplish a swim of six miles. He entered the water on the flood tide at eight o'clock, in the presence of a good number of spectators. He made slow progress for two miles, when he began to show signs of fatigue, and shortly afterwards was taken out of the water exhausted.

Source:   The Leeds Mercury (Leeds, England), Monday, January 18, 1892; Issue 16780.
Influenza has broken out in the kennels of the Romney Marsh Harriers, a well-known Kentish pack, and more than half the hounds are affected by the disease. All runs have, in consequence, had to be abandoned.

Source:   The Belfast News-Letter (Belfast, Ireland), Wednesday, March 21, 1894; Issue 24559.  [SF]
Double Murder near Margate

A Margate correspondent states that a shocking double murder and attempted suicide was discovered shortly after noon yesterday, at Garlinge, two miles from Margate. Sarah TUCKER, a widow, resided there with her two children, aged respectively two years and five months. She was seen by a neighbour about six yesterday morning to come down stairs and go out into the backyard.

     About noon the landlord, Mr. HOBBS, procured a ladder and on going up to the bedroom window saw Mrs. TUCKER sitting on the bed. He obtained entrance to the house and called upstairs "Are you there Mrs. Tucker?" She replied "Yes, I have murdered my children". On going upstairs he found the two children, who had been frightfully hacked with a billhook, lying on the floor dead. The woman was partly sitting and partly lying on the bed and was fastened to the bedstead with a stay-lace. She had seriously wounded herself in the face with the billhook and was removed to the Cottage Hospital. She is believed to be insane.

Source:   From The Standard (London, England), Monday, November 12, 1894; pg. 3; Issue 21953.
     A shocking affair took place at Capel, a small village, four miles from Tonbridge, Kent, on Saturday, when Stephen Henry TOWNER, aged 36, cut the throat of his wife, aged 29, with a razor, and then committed suicide.

     TOWNER, who was a dealer, had persistently ill-used his wife, who threatened to leave him. On Saturday she complained to a police-constable that her husband would not permit her to have her clothes in order that she might leave. The policeman offered to accompany the woman to the house, but she declined. It appears that she then went into the bedroom to pack up, and was attacked by her husband with a razor. She ran out of the room, but fell dead in the passage.

     Mrs. TOWNER, senior, who is seventy-five, rushed into the room and saw her son standing in front of a looking-glass in the act of cutting his throat. She screamed for assistance, and several neighbours and two doctors were quickly on the spot, but both TOWNER and his wife were dead. It was discovered that, in addition to the razor which he used, he had a second in his pocket. It is also stated that he was in financial difficulties, and had been served with an ejectment summons. There are four children left, aged respectively eight years, five, three, and one.

Source:   The Royal Cornwall Gazette Falmouth Packet, Cornish Weekly News, & General Advertiser (Truro, England), Thursday, August 08, 1895; pg.5; Issue 4802.
Arthur H. KELSEY, of Cliftonville, Margate, and pupil of Fowey Grammar School, has passed the recent Matriculation Examination of London University in the first division.

Source:   Otago Daily Times, (New Zealand), Issue 10580, 29 November 1895, Page 2.
A widow named Ann ROSE, who is hale and hearty and in full possession of her faculties, living at Milton-next-Sittingbourne, attained her 100th year recently. She has the following descendants living: Children, 8; grandchildren, 55, great-grandchildren, 171; great-great-grandchildren, 29. If all had lived the centenarian would have had nearly 400 descendants.

Source:   Daily News (London, England), Thursday, August 26, 1897; Issue 16042.

The girl ADDERLEY continues in about the same condition. She is still unable to recognise anyone or to understand what is said to her. Yesterday was the twentieth day she has remained unconscious. The medical officer at the hospital is of opinion now that the girl's condition must be due to some severe shock. When admitted she had a bruise on her forehead and a broken ankle.

Source:   Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper (London, England), Sunday, September 26, 1897; Issue 2862.
At Tonbridge, on Tuesday, an advertising agent, named TRINDER, of Ealing, was fined 20 pounds and costs for travelling on the South-Eastern railway without a ticket, a previous conviction being recorded against him.

At Tonbridge, on Tuesday, John STOLBERG, a German blacksmith and his wife and two sons were sent for trial charged with burglaries at shops at Norwood, East Peckham, and other places.

Source:   Daily News (London, England), Friday, September 24, 1897; Issue 16067.

The dog which played such an active part in the finding of the man CASTLETON in the denehole at Crockenhill, Kent, a few days ago, is to have a collar, suitably inscribed, the funds for the purchase of the collar being raised by public subscription in the neighbourhood. The man is making steady progress towards recovery from the effects of his unfortunate adventure.

Source:   Daily News (London, England), Friday, September 24, 1897; Issue 16067.

     Despite the efforts of the sanitary authorities at Maidstone to check the typhoid fever epidemic in the town, the number of notifications of cases has considerably increased this week. On Monday no fewer than 129 were reported, and the total has now reached about 320. The deputy medical officer has very little doubt as to the cause of the outbreak.

     The county town is supplied by the waterworks company with water from three different sources, and on Sunday the springs at East Farleigh, from where a greater bulk of the supply is obtained, were examined by Mr. ADAMS, in company with the manager to the waterworks company. In consequence of his investigations, the medical officer had some of these streams cut off, being of the opinion they had been polluted in some way - perhaps by the large number of hoppers who have recently been in the district.

     His opinion that it is Farleigh water supply alone that is polluted is confirmed by the singular fact that out of 306 cases notified up till Wednesday morning, 295 were in houses supplied with water from Farleigh. This supply has now been cut off entirely, and the company are making a great effort with the sanitary authorities to stop the spread of the disease.

Source:   The Times (London, England), October 6, 1897, p. 4, Issue No. 35327, col. A.  [SDY]
The Typhoid Epidemic at Maidstone

     The Mayor of Maidstone last evening received the following telegram from the Queen: - "The Queen is greatly distressed at the serious accounts of the typhoid fever at Maidstone and wishes to express her sincere sympathy with the sufferers and the bereaved. Her Majesty hopes you may be able to report those attacked are doing well. - EDWARDS." The reply telegraphed by the mayor was as follows: - "To her Majesty the Queen, Balmoral. The Mayor of Maidstone most respectfully and gratefully acknowledges her Majesty's gracious message of sympathy, which shall be communicated to the sufferers and bereaved and to the other inhabitants of the borough. The sick are doing well under the zealous care of the doctors and nurses. - JOSIAH OLIVER, MAYOR." Her Majesty's message, which was published in the town immediately on its receipt, gave the inhabitants the greatest satisfaction.

     Only 15 fresh cases of typhoid were notified to the medical officer of health for Maidstone in the 24 hours ended at 10 a.m. on Monday, but the returns made up to the corresponding hour yesterday showed an addition of 65, increasing the total since the commencement of the epidemic to 1,373. Out of the 65 new cases notified since Monday morning over 20 have occurred in Barming-heath Lunatic Asylum. These have not broken out in 24 hours, the number including all the cases that have occurred during several days. Altogether about 100 patients and attendants at the asylum have been stricken down with the fever.

     The distress caused by the epidemic daily becomes more acute. Amongst the poorest classes there is much suffering, and there are some hundreds of highly respectable, industrious families equally unfortunate. In many cases three or four persons living under one roof in a neighbourhood thickly populated by artisans have been seized with the fever. To cope satisfactorily with the state of things with which they are confronted the relief committee will need large funds. Up to the present the mayor has received donations amounting to upwards of £1,500, besides several gifts in kind. The Apollinaris Company have sent 50 cases of their table water; and gifts of linen, blankets, etc., arrive daily. At a meeting of the Trustees of the Poor yesterday morning it was resolved, subject to the consent of the Charity Commissioners, to devote a portion of the funds of a bread charity administered by them to the relief of the sufferers from the epidemic. The Kent and Sussex Mineral Water Makers' Association and other organizations are also raising subscriptions to supplement the mayor's fund.

     The whole of the elementary schools of the town have now been closed for a period of six weeks. The usual summer vacation terminated about a fortnight ago, and the schools have since been kept closed under an agreement arrived at between the various managing bodies. There has been no order made by the sanitary authority, so that the managers are acting entirely on their own responsibility in the interests of the health of the children. Next week, however, the schools must be reopened unless the sanitary authority deems it desirable to intervene, in order that the Government attendance grant may not be endangered. It is understood that the Education Department do not advise the closing of schools in the case of a typhoid epidemic provided the local authorities are satisfied with the drainage arrangements. At Maidstone the various elementary schools are in an excellent sanitary condition, hence the hesitation of the Urban District Council to issue any order for closure.

     Still another temporary hospital has been decided on, and it is feared that further accommodation will become necessary. The latest addition to the isolation buildings is a mission room in the centre of a thickly populated district where much disease exists. The daily expenses of the Sanitary Committee are very heavy, the fitting up of hospitals alone absorbing a large sum of money.

     In consequence of the increase in the number of typhoid cases yesterday the Sanitary Committee have decided to obtain more nurses. There is at present a staff of quite 400, including nurses privately engaged at work amongst the sick.

Source:   The Ipswich Journal, Friday, April 8, 1898; Issue 9648.

On Friday while a gang of platelayers were at work on the South-Eastern Railway between Tonbridge and Hildenborough, two of them, named GOLDSMITH and UPTON, in order to avoid an up train, got on the opposite metals, not seeing an approaching train, which cut both men to pieces.

Source:   The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, May 3, 1899; Issue 9616.

     A curious discovery has been made at CHESHAM, Bucks, by Mr. Joseph HEARN. While unpacking a box of Tasmanian apples he came across one wrapped in paper, on which was written: "This apple was packed by Miss Kate PIETY, grand-daughter of late Thomas PIETY, of Kent, England. If any of you know their address, please send it to me at Derwent House Falls, NEW TASMANIA. I am very dark and good looking, and would be pleased to see any of you who come my way."

     A reply has been sent that the KENT address is insufficient, and that if further information is given it is quite possible that Miss PIETY's ancestors may be discovered.

(N.B. The only death for a Thomas PIETY in Kent appears to be in March Qtr. 1874. Maidstone 2a 376. He was aged 88)

Source:   Ranch and range. (North Yakima, Washington, U.S.A.) 1897-1902, June 08, 1899, Page 10, Image 10.  [SDY]
A gale occurring recently at Bromley, Kent, England, caused the entire destruction of a large incubator house. The great draught caused one of the machines to explode, and the whole building was burned before the fire department could arrive.

Source:   The Standard (London, England), July 02, 1900; pg. 4; Issue 23717.
     The distribution of prizes to the inmates of the Deaf and Dumb Asylum at Margate on Saturday afternoon, brought together a numerous gathering of friends and supporters of the Institution. The grounds were brightened by a liberal display of National flags, in which the Union Jack predominated; and the band of the Gordon Boy's Home at Dover played, under the direction of Mr. A. G. ABBOTT, a selection of popular music. The presentation of the awards was preceded by a short statement by Mr. W. N. BUTTANSHAW, Chairman of the Committee of Management, who presided, in the unavoidable absence of Mr. Alban GIBBS, M.P., the treasurer. The Chairman congratulated the supporters upon the general progress of the Institution, adding that the Government Inspector was much impressed with the standard of efficiency attained by the children.

     There were now 258 inmates - 148 boys and 110 girls. The instruction in Sloyd work had been continued with much success. The awards were then distributed by Mrs. J. Taddy FRIEND to the successful competitors, who subsequently took part in a variety of athletic sports. The day's proceedings were brought to a conclusion by a procession of all the children, who marched round the grounds accompanied by representatives illustrative of our Empire.

Source:   The Morning Post (London, England), Thursday, October 18, 1900; pg. 6; Issue 40055.

Yesterday, while riding on a motor car in the neighbourhood of Canterbury, Mr. H. STURMEY, editor of "Autocar", and Mr. DAWSON met with a serious accident, resulting in the fracture of one of Mr. STURMEY's arms and injuries to his face. From inquiries it seems probable that a defect in the steering apparatus caused the car to turn sharply to one side while on a country road. It surmounted the hedge side and turned over. The occupants were thrown out and lay unconscious for some time. Mr. DAWSON sustained internal injuries, and it is thought likely that both Mr. STURMEY and Mr. DAWSON will be detained in hospital for two weeks.

Source:   Lloyds Weekly Newspaper, Sunday, October 28, 1900, London, Middlesex, p. 15.  [SDY]

BROOKER (THOMAS W.) gave his address in 1893 as Windmill-lane, Deptford. Brother Ernest asks.

STILLER (WM.) was at Tunbridge Wells in 1872, working on coal barges. Sister Mary asks.

Source:   Thanet Gazette, 24th April 1903  [SF]
Strange Occurrence at Margate -

     South Margate has been provided with a sensation this week, by the particulars which have leaked out of the case of a gentleman, who has been staying as a visitor at a house in Alexandra Road, for a few days. It appears that he was found in a bedroom of the house with a serious wound in his left side, near to the heart, caused it is surmised by a short sword, which was found near at hand.

     There seems to be a great deal of mystery about the affair. We understand that the police have information of the matter, but, in their discretion, under the present circumstances, they decline to give us particulars.

Source:   East Kent Times, 18th May 1904.  [SF]

Man's Terrible Fall into a Vessel's Hold

     At 3:20 on Monday afternoon, Sergt. PORT received information from Robert JORDAN of 3 New Cross Street that an accident had occurred on the barge Rheindeer, lying in the Ramsgate Inner Harbour. Sergt. PORT found a man named TERRY lying in the hold of the vessel unconscious and bleeding from the ears, he having fallen over the deck and struck his head on the keelson, a longitudinal piece of wood which binds the deck timbers to the keel. Dr. BERRY attended, and ascertaining that TERRY was suffering from severe concussion of the brain, ordered his removal to the hospital, which was effected by Constables SHAXTED and SILVERTHORNE. The injured man has a wife and three children. He was formerly employed by the Railway Co. On enquiry at the hospital this morning, we learnt that in addition to the fracture to his skull he was suffering from sever injuries to the spine and that there was no hope of his recovery.

     Enquiring at the hospital at 2.30 today, we learnt that TERRY was a trifle better, though his condition still regarded as precarious.

Source:   Hawera & Normanby Star, (New Zealand), Volume XLVIII, Issue 8107, 20 October 1904, Page 2.
     An unusual scene was witnessed in the parish church of Milton-next-Sittingbourne on a recent Sunday evening. There are three churches in this extensive parish, and the Sunday evening services are being held in the parish church. When the vicar (the Rev. T. T. Lucius MORGAN) published the banns of marriage of a young couple, a woman, to the consternation of a large congregation, quietly arose in her seat and said, "I forbid the banns."

     After a moment's pause the vicar deliberately replied, "Please see me in the vestry at the close of the service, and I will consider the cause or impediment you allege." After the service the woman (who proved to be the mother of the would-be bridegroom) went to the vestry armed with the authority of her husband, who is an invalid. She objected to the marriage on the score that her son was only 18 years of age. This was verified by the vicar, and the marriage will not now take place.

     It was co-incidence that, after the mother had objected to her son's marriage, the choir immediately sang Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace.

Source:   Nelson Evening Mail, Volume XL, Issue 4, 10 January 1905, Page 4  [SDY]

LONDON, Yesterday.
Tidal floods have done enormous damage to the piers and promenades at Scarborough, Yarmouth and Ramsgate.

Source:   Wanganui Chronicle, (N.Z.), Volume XLIX, Issue 12472, 6 April 1905, Page 2

Various New Zealand Newpapers dated 14th & 15th February 1905 have the following report, sent by Electric Telegraph from London on 13th Feb.

     A century old will, entitling a poor Thanet family named GISBY to one million sterling, dropped out of a picture frame at Margate.




     The golden visions of an immense fortune that arose before a poor family of fishermen in Thanet on the discovery of an old parchment dealing, it was said, with the disposition of property worth £1,000,000, have been rudely dispelled says a London paper. This "precious" document, which was found behind an old print of Landseer's picture Shoeing the Bay Mare, in the house of a dustman named HORN, in Byron Road, Margate, was submitted to a local solicitor, who unhesitatingly pronounced it is to be utterly worthless."

     In reality, it is not a Will. It is merely an unimportant deed of sale made by one Jacob GISBY, yeoman, and dated May 25th 1795. Although it is curiously phrased, it is strange that it could have made the foundation of so "romantic" a story.

     As a matter of fact, Mrs. HORN, the dustman's wife, came across the document eleven months ago. She made her discovery immediately after attending a birthday party of an uncle, who is a blacksmith in Margate. One of his presents happened to be a print of Landseer's picture similar to the one possessed by Mrs. HORN - which she bought at an auction for a shilling seven years ago - except that it has a more elaborate frame.

     Returning home, the dustman's wife determined that her picture should not be eclipsed in this way if she could help it. She would put it into a new and larger frame. So she proceeded to cut out the picture, when, to her surprise, she saw concealed behind it an imposing piece of paper, yellow and musty with age.

     "I did not know what it was," she said, "and after putting it away on a shelf I forgot all about it. Then, one day, during my absence, my little children - I have eight altogether - got hold of it, and they tore off the stamps which were on it to place them in a scrapbook."

     Recently Mr. H. GISBY, who is the caretaker at the Arcade Seamen's Rooms in Margate, heard of the "find". He remembered his uncle, a shrimper at Sandwich saying that at one time there was "money in the family." Consequently, the dustman's wife was sought. The document was read and re-read; and at length it was taken to the uncle at Sandwich. He, too, read it eagerly, and imagined that he would no longer need to depend on shrimps for his living.

     Now, unhappily, comes the true explanation of the parchment on which rested, for a few brief hours, the hopes of so many people. The local solicitor to whom it was submitted satisfied all concerned that the paper was merely a deed of sale; the dream of millions has vanished; and the descendants of Jacob GISBY, yeoman, will continue to follow faithfully their daily toil.

Source:   Australian Newspaper, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1889 - 1931), Thursday 16th February 1905.

London, February 14.

It transpires that the document, bearing date a century ago, which this week fell from a picture frame at Margate, in Kent, was not a will in favor of the GISBY family of that town, but merely an ancient lease of the properties held by their ancestor, which are now worth £1,000,000.

Source:   The Primrose League Gazette (London, Middlesex), Saturday, April 01, 1905, p. 12.  [SDY]
Kent-FAVERSHAM (No. 916), -

     A very well attended meeting and entertainment was held at the Faversham Institute on the 15th ult. After tea, to which ninety-nine sat down, the R. C. (Lord HARRIS) took the chair. His opening remarks upon the objects and aims of the League were followed by a strong protest against the action of some members of the Opposition on the subject of the importation of Chinese labour, and which from his intimate knowledge of the Transvaal, and of the conduct of the chief industry of the land, he was so well qualified to pronounce. The Earl of Donoughmore (Under-Secretary for War) gave a most interesting speech on the current political topics of the day. Mr. HORDERN [sic] moved and the sec. (Mr. W. C. STUNT) seconded the following resolution which was carried unanimously:

     That this meeting desires to express its unabated confidence in His Majesty's Ministers, and deplores the unwarrantable attacks that have been made against its Home and Colonial policy.

     A performance of the farce A Blighted Being, by Tom Taylor, followed, and was admirably carried out under the direction of Mr. Frank SHRUBSOLE, who took the part of "Job Wort."

Hon. Sec.: W. C. STUNT, Lorenden, Faversham.
KENT-Gravesend (No. 587). -

     A highly successful soiree took place at Northfleet (the first held in Northfleet for some years) last month, to welcome the return of Sir Gilbert PARKER, M.P., from South Africa. Mr. J. C. COLYER-FERGUSSON (R.C.), the Earl and Countess of Darnley (D.P.), and Sir Gilbert and Lady PARKER were present. The Factory Hall was very kindly decorated by some Northfleet friends, and all worked hard to make the meeting a success. Sir Gilbert PARKER spoke of his travels in South Africa, and touched on the Chinese Labour Question. A song of welcome to Sir Gilbert entitled Anchored - at Gravesend, and composed by a member of the Habitation, was sung to the tune of Anchored. The Countess of Darnley sang Molly Malone, and the entertainment was brought to a close with a dramatic performance, entitled The King's Highway (given by kind permission of the author, E. Nesbit).

Hon. Sec.: Miss C. M. CARTER, Carlton House, Gravesend.

Source:   Taranaki Herald, Volume LIII, Issue 12927, 5 August 1905, Page 2  [SDY]
An Exciting Incident.


London, August 3.

A Ramsgate tramcar, descending East Cliff, toppled over, falling 70 feet. Five persons were injured and many had miraculous escapes.

Source:   Brandon Daily Sun (Canada) November 2, 1907.

For pluckily ascending a burning staircase and marching seventy boys into the playground, Mr. E. HUGHES, Superintendent of the Ramsgate branch of Fegan's Homes, was presented on Monday by the mayor of Ramsgate with a framed certificate for life-saving.

Source:   Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser Mon 15th Feb 1909  [SF]
At Margate Saturday the skeleton remains of a seafaring man were found on the rocks, and the presumption is, judging the pair of sea and the tattered remains of clothing, that it is the body of one of the victims of the Reindeer disaster, which happened last November.

Source:   Thames Star (New Zealand), Volume XLVI, Issue 10230, 23 November 1910, Page 4.  [SDY]

£50,000 DAMAGES (Per United Press Association.) (Received 22nd, 8:56 p.m.) LONDON, November 21. Earl Sandes [sic] mansion at Faversham was burned. It is estimated that £45,000 damages was done.

Source:   Marlborough Express, (New Zealand)Volume XLIV, Issue 298, 24 December 1910, Page 5.

A RECORD FLIGHT [ Press Association ] (Received Dec. 23, 9.40 p.m.)
LONDON, Dec. 23.

Cecil GRACE, of Dover, who was competing for the De Forest prize for the furthest flight into the Continent, flew across the Channel, trying to beat SOPWITH. Adverse winds prevented him from crossing the Belgium frontier.

He started to return to England, and was seen off Ramsgate. He is since missing.

Cody, at Aldershot, did 120 miles in 70 minutes, constituting a British record.

Source:   The Cornishman, 7th December 1911  [SF]
The Murder of 'Lord' George Sanger

Suicide of the Assailant

     The dead body of a man answering the description of Herbert COOPER, wanted by the police in connection with the murder of 'Lord' George SANGER was found on Thursday on the railway line between Highgate and Crouch End stations, North London.

     The Finchely police have no doubt that the body found on the railway is that of Herbert COOPER. The body was discovered about eight o'clock and it is stated that the head was severed. In one of the pockets of his clothing was found a rent book which it is hoped will definitely lead to his identification. The body was conveyed to Hornsey Mortuary and was there definitely identified by a police inspector as being that of COOPER. In the pockets were a letter, gold watch and pocket book containing the name and address of COOPER. When the body was found a doctor was summoned and he could do no more that say that death had took place some time a little time previously. The head had been cut off by a passing train. The inquest has not yet been fixed.

     A brother of COOPER pronounced the body to be that of Herbert. A letter was found on the body addresses to COOPER's father, the contents of which left no doubts that deceased premeditated suicide. The letter, which was in deceased handwriting, stated that a certain sum of money would be found behind a washboard of his house.

Source:   From Brandon Daily Sun (Canada) July 11, 1912

A spike of lizard orchids, with over fifty blooms has been found by Mr. A. E. WHITE, chemist, growing by the roadside at Great Chart, Kent. The find was made far from chalk soil where, it is stated, this orchid usually grows.

N.B. If you want to see what this orchid looks like go to this site:-

Source:   The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 5.  [SDY]

     Nearly 120 years ago an aboriginal named Yemmerrawanyea who belonged to the tribe which made Neutral Bay its headquarters, was taken to England by our first Governor - Captain Phillip - on his return from New South Wales, but the climate proved too severe for the native, and he died two years later at the age of 19 years.

     By the English mail delivered yesterday the Hon. Secretary of the Australian Historical Society, Mr. C. T. Burfitt, received a letter from Captain Walter M. Hitchcock, an Australian now resident in England, stating that the Inscription on the headstone over the grave of the aboriginal in the parish churchyard at Eltham, in Kent, had been restored.

     Captain Hitchcock as a result of his researches in his Australian library, found that another native named Bennillong accompanied the Governor, and he partially adopted a civilised life but on returning to his native land in 1795 he once again discarded clothing and adopted his native habits.

     By the courtesy of the vicar of Eltham, the Rev. Elphinstone Rivers, every facility was accorded for the restoration of the tombstone of Yemmerrawanyea. An inspection of the church records confirmed the fact of the death and burial - the then vicar, the Rev. J. J. Shaw-Brooke officiated.

     After the name of the aboriginal in the church parish records Captain Hitchcock discovered the word Kebarrah - evidently a corruption of Kooraba, the native name for Neutral Bay, now written Kurraba.

[Headstone reads: In memory of Yemmerrawanyea a native of New South Wales who died the 18th of May 1794 in the 19th year of his age.]

Source:   Brandon Daily Sun (Canada) December 24, 1913.

Valuable Find Outside C. N. R. Depot by Officer Safely Restored After Much Trouble.

     On October 31 last a member of the Brandon police force picked up a purse outside the C. N. R. depot on Ninth Street and found it to contain $40 in cash, a cheque for $100 and some baggage checks. Chief BERRY took up the matter of finding the owner immediately and today received a letter from J. T. WALKER, of Hythe, Kent, England, establishing his claim to the money, which is being forwarded. The finding of the owner was a matter of great difficulty as WALKER's baggage was left at Winnipeg. He had been working at Dundurn, Sask.

Source:   The Times (London, England), Thursday, Mar 19, 1914; pg. 5; Issue 40475; col C.

     Four men were killed at Margate West Station yesterday morning while engaged on the railway extension works there. They were demolishing a concrete abutment wall about 12ft. in height, when it collapsed and buried them underneath. Three, named RUSS, PEALL, and GOLDFINCH, were killed instantly, but the fourth, WHITMARSH, was still living when the ambulance men and doctors arrived. He was taken to the cottage hospital where he died shortly after admission. A gang of steel workers who happened to be working on a new covered way at the station helped to extricate the dead bodies from the heavy mass of masonry. George MOBBS, a ganger, who was superintending the work, was severely injured about the head. The dead men were all residents of Margate or the neighbourhood, and two of them were married.

Source:   The Times (London, England), Tuesday, Feb. 27, 1917; pg.6; Issue 41413; col E.

COTTAGE WRECKED BY A SHELL. (From our own correspondent.)


     The inhabitants of a little village between Broadstairs and Margate are still dazed by the suddenness of the bombardment which they underwent last night. At 11:15 the district was illuminated by star shells, and for a few minutes the inhabitants were subjected to a bombardment from the sea.

     The only building in the village which was hit was an old-fashioned cottage which had been struck some years ago by a thunderbolt. A shell passed through the wall at the side of the house and exploded in a passage upstairs, shattering the partitions of one of the bedrooms.

     There were in the house at the time a man named MORGAN, his wife, and six children. MORGAN was downstairs, and went to the back of the house to see what was happening. It was not until he heard the screams of his children that he realized the house had been hit. In the meantime Mrs. MORGAN had rushed upstairs and snatched up the youngest child, a baby girl aged nearly two years, and she was about to come downstairs with the baby in her arms when the shell exploded.

     The woman was killed instantly, and the baby was so badly injured that she died about two hours later. Two other children, who were in bed, Doris, aged nine, and Sidney, aged seven, were removed seriously injured to the hospital. Another child, Elsie, aged five, escaped with bruises, and the other two children, a little boy and girl, were uninjured.

     On the outskirts of the village shells fell in fields and roads, one smashing a telephone pole and another damaging an unoccupied house.

[N.B. The mother was Daisy Agnes (or Agnes Daisy) MORGAN (nee BING) who was 40 when she died. Her baby was probably Phyllis F. MORGAN aged 1. Her son was Sydney (Sidney), but we cannot see a death for Sydney/ Sidney MORGAN in Thanet around that time.]

Source:   The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Aug 06, 1919; pg. 7; Issue 42171; col B.

John SUNLEY, aged 42, of Faversham, was found by a constable at the foot of the cliffs at Pegwell Bay at midnight on Monday night with cuts about the head and a bruised shoulder, but still alive. He had fallen from a height of 40 feet.

Source:   The Times (London, England), Saturday, Nov. 15, 1919; pg. 12; Issue 42258; col E.

Mrs. HUDSON LYALL made a stirring appeal to the women to go to the poll and take their lazy relations with them. Their women friends who had been 29 for a long time must have a birthday to-morrow. It was absurd to refrain from voting because one was ashamed to own up to 30.

Source:   The Times (London, England), Monday, Jul 09, 1923; pg. 9; Issue 43388; col G.
Miss Violet Norah WEHRHAHN (generally known as Violet Norah WILKINSON) of Rough-way, Cornwall-gardens, Cliftonville, Kent, has applied to the Home Secretary for naturalization.

Source:   The Times (London, England), Monday, Jul 13, 1925; pg.9; Issue 44012; col E.
As a motor-coach travelling from Ramsgate to Canterbury yesterday was passing through Monkton, a motor-cycle and sidecar containing three young men came out of a side road and dashed into it. Joseph FRYATT, of Margate, who was driving the motor-cycle, was killed, and Reginald SCOTT, who was in the side-car, was taken to hospital suffering from injuries to the head.

Source:   Thanet Gazette, 1st October 1927.  [SF]

     Mrs. Mary KNIGHT of Church Square, Margate, was summoned for failing to send her boy Joseph KNIGHT aged eight to school regularly.

     The case was adjourned the previous week for the attendance of the defendant in Court, but instead she sent a letter.

     Mr. C. J. PEMBLE, School attendance officer, said that from June 13th until September 9th the boy made twenty-six attendances out of a possible sixty-nine, but during the past week he had made full attendance. Dr. McCombe had examined the boy and reported that he was in good health, was fairly well nourished and physically fit.

     In her letter the defendant stated that she had three little children and no one to look after them. The case was adjourned for a fortnight.

Source:   The Times (London, England), Monday, Nov 21, 1927; pg. 16; Issue 44744; col D.
A man and a woman were killed and three other persons injured in a motoring accident at Sarre, Kent, on the main road between Canterbury and Margate. Five persons were travelling in a family party to Herne Bay, when the car, which was driven by Mr. Arthur Richard JONES, a hosier, of High-street, Margate, came into collision with a telephone pole. Mrs. Maria JONES, mother of the driver, and Mr. Albert Edward VINCE, his brother-in-law, of Sittingbourne, were killed. The injured persons were the driver, Mrs. Daisy VINCE, wife of the man killed, and Miss Hilda JONES, sister of the driver. After receiving medical attention they were able to proceed to their homes.

Source:   Auckland Star, Volume LX, Issue 273, 18 November 1929, Page 7  [SDY]

Scotland Yard faces Baffling Problem.
LONDON, November 17.

     What will probably be known as the The Mystery of Room 66 is intriguing the police and the newspaper-reading public alike.

     Mrs. Rosaline FOX was found in a room bearing that number in the Hotel Metropole at Margate, at midnight on October 23. She was lying dead on the bed after a fire in the room.

     The verdict of the inquest was one of death from misadventure and the woman was duly buried at Great Fransham, Norfolk, on October 29.

     Early this month, however, an officer from Scotland Yard arrived at Margate to investigate Mrs. FOX's death. One result was the exhumation of her body on November 9. Her organs were sent to Sir Bernard Spilsbury, pathologist to the Home Office, for examination.

     Since then a long series of puzzling facts has been elicited. These suggest that the woman's death presents a far from simple problem. Peculiar features are that she arrived at the hotel without luggage, except a handbag and she had not even any night attire.

     A second fact is that Mrs. Fox had insured her life on October 21 under a short-term accident policy. Two days later she died, but curiously enough nobody has claimed the £1000 insurance money.

Source:   Isle of Thanet Gazette (Kent, England), 2nd July 1932.  [SF]
Motor Cyclist Collide -

Whilst motor cycling through Cecil Square, Margate, on Sunday evening, John Henry KING, of Sturry came into collision with another motor cyclist, Ernest CONLEY, of The Hussar Hotel, Garlinge. Both machines were damaged and Conley sustained a slight injury to his left ankle and cuts.

Source:   Isle of Thanet Gazette, (Kent, England), 29th Feb 1936  [SF]
Missing Margate Newsboy

     Police are searching for a fourteen year old Margate boy who left home Saturday evening.

     He is William Michael Setterfield, of Buenos Ayres, Margate and is described as being 5ft. 1in. in height, with grey eyes, fair hair and fresh complexion. He is believed to be wearing a brown sports jacket, grey trousers, blue jersey, dark overcoat and black boots. He has been employed as a newsboy since leaving school recently.

     The boy was seen in company with another boy along the main London-Chatham road between Northfleet and Gravesend on Sunday afternoon by Mr. L. A. Wraight, of Arnold Road, Margate, who was a passenger in a car travelling from London to Margate. Since then no news of him has reached Margate.

Source:   Evening Post, (New Zealand), Volume CXXIII, Issue 80, 6 April, 1937, Page 7.
Caption under photograph of those mentioned: "The Mayor of Ramsgate, Alderman H. Stead, J.P., presenting a casket containing the certificate of the honorary freedom of the Borough of Ramsgate, England, to Mr. W. J. Jordan, High Commissioner for New Zealand. Mrs. Jordan is on the left with a silver model of Ramsgate Lighthouse, which was also presented to her. Ramsgate is Mr. Jordan's native town, his father having been a member of the Ramsgate lifeboat crew. The presentations took place at Ramsgate on March 18."

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Source:   The Times (London, England), Monday, Oct 05, 1942; pg 2; Issue 49358; col D.
Miss Beatrice LARK, forewoman on a farm near Dover for 12 months in spite of bombing and shelling, has received the Land Girls' Badge of Courage. A similar badge has been awarded to Miss Marion PINE, a Canterbury Land Girl, for bravery in a raid.

Source:   The Winnipeg Evening Tribune (Canada) November 8, 1945.

     The first postman to deliver mail in East Kildonan, W. SUDDS, 734, Home St., retired Wednesday after 31 years service with the Winnipeg post office.

     The East Kildonan route was his first delivery job, Mr. SUDDS recalls, and he had to lay out the route without any help from the office. Some job for a "green man," he said.

     Mr. SUDDS, who is recovering from a long illness, does not plan on going away on his retirement because "all my friends are here." Born in Kent, England, he came to Winnipeg 50 years ago. He worked at a wide variety of jobs before he took a position with the post office.